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About Us

Bray's Run Productions

We are an independent film production company specialized in exploring culture, history and travel through the prism of charismatic people across the globe.

The Team

The People of Bray's Run Productions

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Cassandra Jabola

Producer

Cassandra Jabola is a Filipina-American documentary film and television producer. She has collaborated with HBO, PBS, National Geographic, NBC, The Weather Channel, TLC, The Science Channel, The Travel Channel, A&E, and Investigation Discovery. She has produced feature documentaries that have screened at Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, AFI DOCS, DOC NYC, Mill Valley Film Festival, and San Francisco International Film Festival, among others. Cassandra’s work spans across science and technology, politics and history, art and music. She believes that audiovisual storytelling is a powerful tool for igniting change as it amplifies the voices of those who otherwise would not be heard. She devotes herself to cause-based social justice projects, and strives to cover issues facing women, people of color, and the environment. Cassandra has also produced award-winning branded content for corporations, agencies and nonprofits.
 

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Nicole C. Scott

Digital Strategist

As a Digital Consultant, Nicole has provided web, SEO, Social Media, inbound marketing, project management, strategic, and crowd-source fundraising services, for a number of film projects. She's worked on documentaries such as, Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest by Follow Your Dreams Foundation, Ai Weiwei Yours Truly by the FOR-SITE FoundationNot Without Us by Kontent Films, Farm Free or Die, Current Revolution,  Tidewater, and The Burden with the American Resilience Project, TrappedA Concerned CitizenFor the Love of ConchPaying The Price For PeaceWalking In Two WorldsIslands of Life, and Power Paths by Bo Boudart of Bo Boudart Productions,  and the feature narrative film, Seducing Charlie Barker by Kanbar Entertainment. Her undergrad documentary, "Migrant Motherhood" screened at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and she graduated with a degree in Cinema at San Francisco State University.

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Taliesin Black-Brown

Filmmaker / Director

Taliesin was born underwater in a barn in Vermont to a performance artist and a compost engineer. Nature, freedom, and art shaped his early life. Teenage years were marked by a long slow dance with bone cancer. During chapters of recovery and immobility Taliesin took to flying drones, which offered motion, freedom, and perspective. Drones became films became stories, and healing took flight. Taliesin is interested in truth and beauty, fragility and fortitude., and of course, Film.

 

Taliesin is the co-founder of Zephyr Visuals and is a Seattle-based drone operator and cinematographer. He brings with him an extensive video production background in real estate & architecture marketing, corporate promotion, and non-profit fundraising.

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Sho Ikushima

Filmmaker

Sho Ikushima is a Tokyo-based actor, dancer, and producer. He is also a CEO of 034productions and a researcher at Kyoto University. 

 

Sho started dancing at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California at the age of 15 and graduated from NYU Tisch. Sho has won ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship in 2009, and moved to Germany to join the State Theater Kassel as a soloist dancer. 

 

After coming back to Japan, Sho started to work as an actor, and he starred in American action film, “Darc”, as Shigeru Kageyama, and “End of Loyalty” as Yukio among many Japanese films and TVs.  Sho has won Best Art Direction Award at SFAAF for “Trinity”, a dance film in which he has produced / choreographed / starred. The film won total of 6 awards at the festival. 

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Sasha Kulak

Filmmaker

Sasha’s work in film spans a variety of visual projects ranging from documentary to fashion and music videos to photography and curation.

 

Her films have taken her across the world with her first award winning documentary SALAMANCA (2015, 40'), premiering at IDFA 2015 and screening at HotDocs, Camden and a number of other festivals. Another recent feature of SASHA’S - ‘QUICKSILVER CHRONICLES’ (2019, 74'), which was shot in the USA, premiered at the Visions du Reel in Nyon, Switzerland.

Her project A HAWK AS BIG AS A HORSE (2022, 70’) is produced with the support of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, was a participant in the Berlinale Talents Doc Station and a grant recipient from the Sundance Institute.

Sasha’s films explore fascinating stories of heroes and communities living on the margins of society.  Her latest work is the film MARA (2022), selected at IFFR 2022.

The film Mara (2022) premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam - it is a hybrid documentary video essay about Belarusian protests in the summer of 2020.

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Samuel Aarnio

Filmmaker

Samuel is a Finnish Culture Producer and Senior Digital Marketing Consultant who co-hosted the Finnish episode of forthcoming series, the Perfect Sweat, and works part-time as a Producer and Actor for Bray’s Run. He has produced and acted in multiple Sauna Channel short films from Scandinavia and the Baltics, one of them being his own country cottage sauna hand built by his great grandfather by a Finnish lakeside.


During his time as culture producer he worked on three different continents at arts, music and culture events where he fell in love with storytelling and age-old traditions. While producing hundreds of events at home and for thousands of people at a time he has been amazed at how capable people are and is mesmerised by how magnificent life is.

Samuel has a deep love for people, nature and preserving and spreading the cultural heritage of the sauna. Even as a Finn whos “grown up in the sauna” he very often finds himself learning something surprising about it

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Zack Robertson

Filmmaker

Zack Robertson is a documentary film producer from Orcas Island, WA, living in Seattle. Raised in the PNW, nature, sweat bathing and cold exposure were norms in his family. As an adult, those have become passions that have helped him find community around the world. He endeavors to help bring stories to light in hopes that they will inspire others, leading to a more connected world, celebrating and embracing the remarkable variance of human expression and connection.

 

As an in-house Producer for Bray's Run, Zack started as co-host of the Burning Man episode in the forthcoming series, Perfect Sweat. In addition to a number of short films for the Sauna Channel he's produced, other projects are set for release in 2022, including a short documentary centered on the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska and various other shorts highlighting other compelling stories both inside and outside of bathing culture.

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Kaoru Ima

Editor

Tokyo-native director / cinematographer / editor Kaoru Ima studied the arts in New York and applied his love of visual art, music, and storytelling into filmmaking.

 

He is fluent in English and Japanese. Kaoru Imafuku is the Founder of Exhibit Films, a production company based in Tokyo.

 

He produces commercials, narrative films, documentary, and music videos that are emotionally driven, story-focused, and globally minded. From Hollywood studios to local independent artists, the clients Imafuku’s work exhibits the truest sense of humanity.

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Alex Albers

Editor

Alex Albers is an experienced documentary editor whose work has premiered on PBS, Fox Sports, Netflix, Amazon Prime as well as film festivals across the country and around the world.

 

She has collaborated on a variety of documentary projects including the 10-part Netflix crime series MAKING A MURDERER: Season 1 (2015), Emmy-nominated, Q BALL (2019), and the Emmy-winning Netflix film, FIRE IN PARADISE (2019). She cut the award winning film WOMEN'S MARCH (2017), as well as the currently unreleased (due to COVID) short documentary titled BEAKMAN & JOK, about the treasured San Francisco artist-activist, Jok Church, who's cartoons inspired the 90's hit children's television show BEAKMAN'S WORLD.

 

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Kate Linhardt

Editor

Kate Linhardt is an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance video editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Over the past 10 years, she has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from documentary films, commercial web content, film trailers, reality television, short films, and music videos. Her work has been featured on ABC, ESPN, Discovery, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and many other news and TV outlets.

 

She served as an editor on Keepers of the Game, an Emmy nominated feature-length documentary about a Native American girls’ lacrosse team, produced by Tribeca Digital Studios. The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in American Culture and Film. 

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