It’s rare that behind-the-scene’s Hollywood producers catch the spotlight, but Effie Brown deserves to, so for Women’s History Month, we’re going to highlight this incredible talent.
Among other incredible credits, one of Brown’s most notable first features as a producer was Jane Campion’s In The Cut, a psychological thriller film starring the all star cast of Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Since then, Brown has not only produced a number of incredible films and TV shows, but focused on inclusion and telling stories that focus on underrepresented voices.
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Importantly, Brown was a producer on Dear White People alongside Lena Waithe, and that project has helped jump-start the careers of many important filmmakers. In 2016, she told Refinery 29
“I love to tell stories about the marginalized or the other, whether it be a lens of a female, a lens of an LGBTQ person, or a lens of a person of color.”
Brown is most known for a somewhat contentious interaction she had with Matt Damon on HBO’s filmmaking docuseries Project Green-Light, in which she and Damon went back and forth on how both above the line and behind the scenes talent should be represented on film sets. Damon famously said, “when you’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not the casting of the show.” Brown was taken aback by the interaction, but calmly engaged in a dialogue with Damon, in a very important and teachable moment on the series.
We can’t wait to see what Effie Brown does next!
About The Author:
Jeffrey C. Graham is a writer, host, and producer living in Los Angeles, California. You’ve seen (or heard) his work on Sirius XM, AfterBuzz TV, and Earwolf, among other outlets. Jeff thinks of himself “intellectual,” but he’s a voracious fan of The Bachelor franchise, so perhaps not?
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