Los Angeles based producer Effie T. Brown received a degree in film production and theater from Loyola Marymount University before going on to participate in Film Independent’s (formerly IFP/Los Angeles) Project Involve, an intensive fellowship program for people of color, who are seeking a career in the film industry. There she received an invaluable introduction to the film industry and quickly worked her way up through the ranks to become the Director of Development for Tim Burton Productions in 1995.
Eager to try her hand at producing, she landed assignments as Line Producer on feature films including "Desert Blue" (1998), starring Kate Hudson and Christina Ricci; "But I’m a Cheerleader" (1999), starring Natasha Lyonne; and "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her" (2000), starring Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, and Holly Hunter. Brown would soon take on the role of Producer on critically acclaimed, award-winning feature projects from HBO Films, including "Stranger Inside" (directed by Cheryl Dunye, 2001, World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival); "Real Women Have Curves" (directed by Patricia Cardosa, 2002, winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Performance); and "Everyday People" (2004, Jim McKay). She also executive produced, in association with Sony Screen Gems and Pathe International, "In the Cut" (2003, directed by Jane Campion). Effie’s latest film "Rocket Science" won the Sundance 2007 Grand Jury Prize for Directing and was nominated for Best First Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Actress by the Independent Spirit Awards.
Embraced by industry peers, Brown received the Motorola Producer Award at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards, and her alma mater honored her with the 2003 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. She also serves on the board of the FIND / Film Independent.
In 2001, Brown launched her own production company, Duly Noted Inc., where she continues to produce original film projects by emerging and established filmmakers. Duly Noted Inc. has several films slated for production in the next year, including Vinyl Executive Produced by Timbaland; Bobby Zero starring Mos Def and Erykah Badu; Vamp starring Tilda Swinton; Polish Bar starring Diane Venora, James Badge Dale and Golden Brooks and Bury Me Standing starring Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard, Mos Def and Kat Williams. Production has recently wrapped on Brown’s thriller, My Place in the Horror starring Keith David, DB Woodside and Golden Brooks.