Director Russell Brownley Signs With Raucous Content
Russell Brownley
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Raucous Content has signed Russell Brownley for U.S. representation.

Based out of Southern California, Brownley began his career shooting surf films and documentaries. So, it’s no surprise that Brownley gravitates his narratives to the ocean, having the keen ability to capture the story both above and underwater. 

The director’s penchant for hands-on adventure and multicultural storytelling has led him to work on projects in over 50 countries, lending his creative spirit to clients such as Nike, Google, Disney, Visa, Timberland, Verizon, Sony, Compassion International, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, SpikeTV, Red Bull and more. Brownley is a trusted collaborative partner of agencies including Mullen Lowe Boston, having helped to establish its Royal Caribbean campaign for six years running, with the newest ad slated to air during the Winter Olympics. 

Known primarily for his hybrid docu-narrative style, Brownley is skilled at directing professionals and non-actors alike. The cinematographer-director keenly captures the essence of people’s real experiences, as evidenced by his upcoming work for barbering brand Andis featuring individual stories from the Compton Cowboys. 

Brownley has been a part of multiple award-winning documentaries over the course of his career, directing Gum For My Boat, serving as cinematographer and editor on director Jeremy Dean’s Dare Not Walk Alone, and as cinematographer, editor and art director on director Becky Baumgartner’s Heart of a Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story

Brownley’s documentary projects, both personal and for non-profits, are frequently infused with themes of activism and Civil Rights--issues near to his heart. For example, On The Side of Right--a short film directed by Brownley--captures surfer Gigi Lucas reveling in the freedom of the waves off of Florida’s St. Augustine beach, the exact location where only 56 years earlier a group of segregationists attacked 100 African Americans attempting to wade into the “Whites-only” water, a movement which led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Prior to joining Raucous Content, Brownley was most recently represented by B-Reel Films. He is currently repped by Bollywood in France and D-Agent in China.

Raucous Content’s EP Steve Wi has closely followed Brownley’s career, and was most drawn to Brownley’s ability to devote himself to the craft in a literal sense: “Russell is clear in his vision yet multifaceted in his abilities. He can direct in water, on land. Next...we’ll go to space.” 

With this new union, Wi and Brownley seek to expand further into the hybrid arena, pushing more into narrative-based projects which still pay homage to a documentary look and feel. 

Brownley shared, “You always want to work with people you like. And that’s Steve. He’s just an all-around great guy. who from day one understood who I really am and where I want to go next in my filmmaking career. As a huge fan of his company for some time, I knew Raucous was the right fit for me.” 


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