Rising Star Russell Brown: “Diversity in entertainment is so important because stories can build empathy between communities”

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
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7 min readNov 3, 2019

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…I think stories can build empathy between communities; I think young people need positive role models, especially if they are living in areas where it’s difficult to find people like them; and I think diversity onscreen can promote diversity behind the cameras, which opens doors and opportunities for those who otherwise might not have them.

I had the pleasure to interview filmmaker Russell Brown. Russell is currently editing Loren and Rose starring Jacqueline Bisset and Kelly Blatz, featuring Gia Carides, Erin Cahill and Paul Sand. The film wrapped principal photography in May, 2019. He is also completing post-production on two nonfiction films — a short conceptual documentary entitled The 44 Scarves of Liza Minnelli and Above the Arroyo: A Dream of the Stairs of Los Angeles, a feature length art installation which includes a live performance component. His most recently exhibited film — a mid-length documentary entitled The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market — had its festival premiere at the 21st Dances with Films in June, 2018, and has continued to play over 25 festivals since its release, garnering awards in a variety of categories. His fourth narrative feature, Search Engines, starred an ensemble cast including Joely Fisher, Connie Stevens, Daphne Zuniga, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Barry Watson and Michelle Hurd. It premiered at Cinequest and has played more than 70 festivals across the country and internationally, picking up over 25 awards in categories ranging from acting, directing and writing to audience awards and best picture recognition. It was released theatrically by Indican Pictures in October, 2016. Brown’s third feature film, Annie and the Gypsy, starring Cybill Shepherd, premiered at the Seattle Film Festival in June, 2012. Osiris Entertainment distributed the film in Spring, 2013. The Blue Tooth Virgin, his second feature narrative, was released theatrically in the United States by Re- gent Releasing in September, 2009. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator