Judy Branfman

Sycamore City

Judy Branfman is a filmmaker, multimedia artist, writer, and activist based in Los Angeles, whose work has been rooted in telling activist histories, mainly of LA. I turned to filmmaking with The Land of Orange Groves & Jails to pursue a hidden family story that reveals a history of free speech - and the roots of my own activism. I have a broad background in the arts, including large multimedia projects in LA and Boston. I’ve worked with media/arts projects, non-profits, unions, and municipalities doing outreach and education, writing, and planning - and produced large community-based events focusing on LA’s multi-ethnic, labor, and housing history. My work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, California Humanities, Women in Film Foundation, Pacific Pioneer Fund, Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Tides Foundation, and more. I’m a Research Affiliate with UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.