Educational and Documentary Filmmaking

Brave Sprout is a woman-owned video production house specializing in educational and documentary filmmaking. We have over a decade of experience successfully delivering high-impact work ranging from simple training videos to complex campaigns designed to build social awareness. We believe that knowledge is, indeed, power and that engaging learning experiences can have a profoundly transformational effect on people’s lives. To that end, we are committed to crafting informative, compelling stories that drive organizational and cultural change.
We proudly share the values and commitments of our partner organization Northwest Film Forum, and support the vision of a world where all people have the power to express themselves and connect with each other through visual storytelling and culture.

Brave Sprout LLC is certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), and certified in King County’s Contracting Opportunities Program for Small Contractors and Suppliers (SCS).
Current Projects:
Brave Sprout is currently partnering with a local non-profit and the City of Seattle to deliver a video training series about harassment, bullying, and hazing. The videos will be part of a larger training curriculum to support the Acceptable Work Sites Initiative. 
We are also currently working on a documentary film and a series of community discussions that aim to spark a conversation on accent bias and how it affects individuals, and society more broadly, in our rapidly growing city, "Accent: Your Voice is Your Passport (Working Title)".

Teaching Filmmaking Fundamentals at Northwest Film Forum (Photo by Jonah Kozlowski)

About the Artist:
Filiz Efe McKinney is the driving force behind Brave Sprout. A Turkish-born, Seattle-based filmmaker, she typically wears the director, cinematographer, and editor hats on her productions. When she’s not behind the camera or in front of her edit suite, you can find her teaching the next wave of budding documentarians at Northwest Film Forum. She also serves on the KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio Board of Directors to support the mission of creating a more informed public.
A multidisciplinary artist, Filiz holds a BFA in Cinematography, an MA in Communication Strategies and Public Relations, a Master of Communication in Digital Media, and is an Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro CC.
In addition to her for-hire work, Filiz's time-lapses (available through Getty Images) have been licensed by top media groups including NBC, FOX, CBS, and repeatedly in ABC's hit TV series, Grey's Anatomy.
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