Michelle Le Brun, Founder and President:
Michelle Le Brun founded Harken Productions in 1997. Its mission is to produce compelling films that challenge our assumptions about life and awaken our passion for truth. The award winning documentary Death: A Love Story, marked Ms. Le Brun’s debut as a filmmaker having directed, produced, written and photographed the film. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and won the Insight Award for Best Documentary at the Santa Barbara Film Festival as well as the Award for Best Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, among others.
In 2002 Ms. Le Brun founded the HARKEN! Youth Media Program providing filmmaking opportunities and media literacy to youth. The purpose of the HARKEN! Youth Media Program is to nurture critical thinking, creativity, and leadership skills through documentary filmmaking. We teach youth to master their environment by learning storytelling, media literacy, drama, and technical skills associated with camera work, interviewing, and editing. To date, programs have been offered throughout Los Angeles and in Providence, RI.
Michelle is also an adjunct professor in the Integrated Arts and Learning Graduate Degree Program at Lesley University delivering seminars nationwide in Drama and Critical Literacy.