Who We Are

Collaborative Filmmaking

We're a team of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds who bring a variety of skills to the table. We tend to work with a highly collaborative process, co-directing most projects as a team.

Socially Conscious

Film is a medium that exceeds the other visual arts in its ability to serve as a catalyst for social change. Many of our projects have a goal of making social activism as accessible as possible.

Award Winning

Our team has received recognition from SAMHSA's Voice Awards, Southside Film Festival's Audience Award for Feature Documentary, and won the 2016 Olympus InVision 48 Hour Film Festival.


Out of Sight:
Stop the Stigma,
Start a Conversation

Documentary Feature

Working Title: Multitudinous

Documentary Feature

The Greatest Generation Gap

Documentary Short


Documentary Short


Narrative Short


  • 2012-2014

    Early Production

    Brave Voice Films started with our documentary Out of Sight, a production which started as a student film and grew over the next several years into a feature project.

  • 2015-2016

    First Premiere

    Out of Sight had a special screening at the Reel Talk Festival at the University of North Texas. It was followed up with our premiere at the 2016 Southside Film Festival where it would win the audience award for best picture, and numerous school screenings. We also produced Signaling, a narrative short that won the 2016 Olympus InVision 48 Hour Film Festival.

  • 2017

    Going International

    Out of Sight had its international premiere at the Nice International Filmmakers Festival in Nice, France. We shot a short music documentary called Menzelvania, and began preproduction on other projects.

  • 2018

    New Horizons

    So far this year we've started full production on a new feature length documentary while pursuing other short subjects. After several delays, Out of Sight will finally be available on video on demand.

  • Here's
    To The

Our Team

Kyle Mahaney

Kyle is a filmmaker and photographer from the Pocono Mountains, who founded Brave Voice Films in 2012. He has a BFA in film production from DeSales University, and now primarily works in post production as both an editor and colorist. He uses Brave Voice Films as an outlet to produce and direct documentaries about issues of interest to him. His favorite narrative film is Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher and his favorite documentary is Kurt Kuenne’s Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.

Becca Tomlinson

Becca is a filmmaker and musician living in the Pocono Mountains. She joined Brave Voice Films in 2013 as a volunteer assisting with interviews, and later transitioned to being the editor and composer of Out of Sight. She is also a musician, releasing pop-folk music under the name “Esse.” Her favorite narrative film is Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, and her favorite documentary is Albert Maysles’ Iris.

Matthew Buonanno

Matthew is a scientist and biomedical engineer living in Philadelphia. He joined Brave Voice Films in 2013 to help with pre-production on Out of Sight as an assistant director and assistant editor. He hasn’t studied art formally, but tries his best to make up for that with his extensive knowledge of arthouse cinema. His favorite film is Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine, and his favorite documentary is
Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie.

Aimee Bender

Aimee is a filmmaker and artist from the Philadelphia area, with a focus in documentary film. She has been collaborating as part of the Brave Voice team since 2013. She has experience in production, directing, and graphic design. In addition, she has studied fine art and art history, concentrating in painting and printmaking. Her favorite narrative film is John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Her favorite documentary is Keith Maitland’s Tower.

We also rely on many other crew members who are passionate about these projects. We would not exist without them.

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