Meet Director Camille Brown

 by Annette Palmer

“It was so difficult to get my feature made. At times I didn’t know if I was ever going to finish. But I did! And I’m so happy and proud of myself…” – Camille Brown

Camille Brown was pre-med at UCLA when she was inspired to get into filmmaking after sneaking into movie premieres in Westwood. She always loved movies but didn’t realize that she could actually get paid to make them until she took her first film course. After that, she was hooked. Brown applied to film school and forever changed her life and career path.

While changing her major may have been the easiest decision, Brown admits that she’s faced many obstacles since then. “It’s hard for people to see my abilities and they sometimes don’t acknowledge all the work I’ve done.” But the biggest challenge of being a filmmaker is “trying to get the opportunity that is so easily given to men.”

 

Brown’s determination in the face of those obstacles continues to pay off. In 2000, she directed the documentary A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, which she followed with several shorts, as well as producing the 2004 director’s cut of THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, starring Vin Diesel, Thandie Newton and Judi Dench. It’s so important for the industry to give women the same opportunities as their male counterparts. In a business that is all about relationships, it’s critical for the executives hiring to continually meet female directors so they can at least have the chance to establish those contacts. Otherwise Brown says, “how are we going to be given the opportunity to even interview for the job?”

 
The most important part of being a filmmaker is to continue honing your skills. “Whether if it’s for a web series, a tv show, or film, continue directing,” Brown advises other filmmakers who may be trying to break into the industry. “People like to see people working, and work begets work.” No matter how good you think you are, there is always room for improvement, and the only way to get better at it is to keep doing it. Having had the chance to work on so many films, including DRAKKEN (2014) starring Stephen Dunlevy of the films MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and SUICIDE SQUAD, Brown’s skills certainly speak for themselves. However, she remains grounded and cites her favorite inspirational quote from Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

This heartfelt advice comes from personal experience. “It was so difficult to get my feature made. There were times I didn’t know if I was ever going to finish. But I did!” And her efforts definitely paid off. Brown’s film, THE NTH WARD is about a U.S. Army Corps engineer who is sent to New Orleans to help cleanup after Hurricane Katrina, but is surprisingly introduced to political deceit and the powers of voodoo. Starring Juliette Bennett and James Harvey Ward of the popular tv show, TRUE BLOOD, viewers can watch THE NTH WARD now streaming on Amazon.

“A chilling suspense thriller.” – THIS IS HORROR podcast

“I loved this film.” – TALKING PICTURES podcast

On the heels of her success, Brown is staying busy promoting and marketing her film, as well as, developing a web series and writing a kids fantasy novel, both of which are due out in 2018.

(Check out a longer interview with Julie Walker Harris on the podcast “The Other 50%)

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