Brianna HynemanBrianna is a trailblazer in the emerging field of media engagement. She played an integral role as the educational outreach coordinator for Borderline Media's national outreach campaign for the Emmy® nominated POV documentary Traces of the Trade (2008), where she worked closely with educational institutions and NGOs to support anti-racism training in high schools and universities nationwide. In 2011 she acted as the series coordinator and creative consultant for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's Global Film Series "The World Through Women's Eyes," featuring producer Abigail Disney (Pray the Devil Back to Hell, 2008), producer/director Risa Morimoto (Wings of Defeat, 2007), and The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting's managing director Nathalie Applewhite. Borderline Media was a sponsor of this inaugural film program. Later that year she represented Borderline as a judge on the pitch panel for the Firelight Media Producers' Lab seminar "How to Develop Community Engagement Strategies for Your Media Project."


Brianna's expertise in outreach and public engagement derives from her experience producing media events, independent films and national film tours for over 15 years. Under the leadership of the legendary Grammy and Oscar award-winning music producer and composer Quincy Jones, she coordinated the 1997 Vibe Music Seminar where the Urbanworld Film Festival was first launched. She has also produced major entertainment industry events for Simmons Lathan Media Group, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Universal Records, BlackFilm.com and the Children’s Defense Fund. And she was the co-founder of Hollablk Productions, which produced Black Body Radiation – a film written and directed by author and musician Greg Tate.


Brianna’s studies in anthropology and black women’s literature at Sarah Lawrence College have been the basis of a lifelong passion for describing and documenting diverse stories from the African Diaspora. Since 1993 she has written features, lifestyle quizzes and film reviews as a freelance journalist for magazines including Vibe, Interview, True and Honey, as well as for the web properties Blackfilm.com and Tyra.com. Her script Chi-Town Ro’Dawgs was the inaugural reading for the Nyuorican Poet’s Café acclaimed script reading and film screening program, Fifth Night, which featured readings by actors Liev Schreiber, David Strathairn, Ruby Dee, Kyra Sedgwick, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Christina Ricci, Alan Arkin, Wallace Shawn, John Leguizamo, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo, Jennifer Connelly and Betty Buckley.


In 1998 she traveled to Kenya to document the work of the Civitella Ranieri Center, an international artist in residence program. The following year she researched the rise of hip‐hop culture in South Africa for The Source magazine. Brianna also served as a Facilitator for the 2007-08 StoryCorps Griot national oral history initiative, traveling throughout the Midwest, West Coast and Southeast, and recording the lives and history of African Americans involved in World War II and the Civil Rights Movement.


In 2010 Brianna was recognized for her skill and talent as an outreach coordinator, and selected to participate in Reel Engagement: Managing Social Issue Film Campaigns, a 4-day interactive workshop sponsored by Working Films and The Fledgling Fund.


She lives and works in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, USA.




  • "The poetry crowd jumps and screams; I've never seen the cafe this quiet...[T]onight, Brianna's script generated a powerful buzz."

    Roland Legiardi-Laura / Filmmaker, and Director at Nuyorican Poets Cafe