We're incredibly proud that AJFF attracts some of the most talented, passionate people. We rely heavily on this village to make AJFF what it is, and we're going to introduce you to some of the people who make up that village. From our staff, to our volunteers, or even to members of our audience, there's a huge group of people that make AJFF a world-class cultural event. This month, we're putting the spotlight on Brennen Dicker, AJFF Steering Committee member. Brennen is the general manager of Atlanta’s Bling Digital a division of The Sim Group. He also serves as the Chair SCAD’s Atlanta Advisory Council, is an active member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and serves as the head of Government Relations for Georgia Production Partnership.
A Little Bit About Brennen
I have been lucky to be working in the film and television Industry for over 30 years. This journey has taken me all over the country including Denver, Chicago, Atlanta and LA. I have worked in the role as a Producer, Director, and Business Development Executive.
How did you come to be involved with AJFF?
I was fortunate enough to meet Kenny Blank when working at Crawford Communications 10 years ago. Crawford provided in kind services such as a trailer and various edited segments for AJFF. I was impressed with how the festival was run, and was proud to be asked to serve on the AJFF Steering Committee.
What is the most interesting challenge, in improving AJFF, that you get to help with?
There are a few challenges – We want to make the festival a destination for Directors/Talent/Producers from around the world, as well as bringing the Atlanta Jewish Community together, and to get the word out for all that live in Atlanta regardless of background or age. AJFF is truly a festival for everyone. We have been successful in creating the Icon Award that most recently highlighted Lawrence Kasden, and I hope to continue to bring friends and colleagues to the festival each year to make them aware of all that AJFF has to offer.
What is your fondest memory from being involved with AJFF?
Kenny Blank telling me that his vision was to make AJFF one of the largest film festivals of its kind, and we are now not only among the largest, but Atlanta's largest film festival.
How has your experience outside of AJFF played into your work with the festival?
I am lucky enough to work with many producers and directors in film and television that shoot in the Southeast, and I work with many companies and institutions. These relationships through the years have allowed me to help accomplish AJFF’s goals.
What's your favorite AJFF film, and why?
Getting to bring my daughter Alexandra to a screening of An American Tail and watching her experience a film that I saw when I was young. Then getting to meet with producer, Gary Goldman and the creator, Don Bluth. Something I will never forget.
Who would you cast to play you in a film?
If he were alive, I would cast the iconic Paul Newman. I wish I could say we resemble each other, I do have grey hair, but that is probably as far as it goes. One of the best actors ever! And who wouldn’t want Paul Newman to play them.
Thank you to Brennen for his time this month. AJFF is privileged to recognize and benefit from his passion and industry knowledge. Stay tuned to see who we profile next month.