Mr. Braden Aftergood, Senior Vice President, Features, Film 44
Mr. Phil Strub, Director, Entertainment Media, U.S. Department of Defense
Mr. Braden Aftergood Senior Vice President, Features, Film 44
BRADEN AFTERGOOD is the Senior Vice President of Features at Film 44. He joined the company 9 years ago after spending time at Sony Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment. While at Film 44, Braden has served as an Executive Producer on Peter Bergâ€™s critically acclaimed war drama Lone Survivor and on Bergâ€™s supernatural thriller Battleship. He also produced the documentary special Will of the Warrior, in conjunction with Under Armour and HBO that took a behind-the-scenes look at Lone Survivor and the SEALS that inspired the film. Braden is a Los Angeles native and graduated from the University of Southern California where he studied both Film and Political Science.
Mr. Phil Strub Director, Entertainment Media, U.S. Department of Defense
Philip Meredith Strub has since 1989 been the senior policy advisor and action officer at the Department of Defense regarding requests for U.S. military assistance in the production of feature motion pictures, episodic television programs, and other entertainment-oriented, commercial productions. He has had significant involvement in numerous productions, including the motion pictures â€œBlack Hawk Down,â€ â€œWe Were Soldiers,â€ â€œCaptain Phillips, â€and â€œLone Survivor,â€ as well as the television series â€œJAG, â€œNCIS,â€ and â€œThe Last Ship.â€ He has also been the Departmentâ€™s senior news media spokesman regarding the Departmentâ€™s involvement in entertainment media.
Phil attended the American College in Paris, France, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1968. In November of that year, he completed Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned an ensign. He served as a surface warfare officer while on active duty, and retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve public affairs community. Most of his Naval Reserve career was devoted to writing and producing television productions and print media stories on such subjects as the MIA/POW mission in South East Asia and humanitarian de-mining in Laos.
Upon his release from Navy active duty in 1971, he enrolled at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he received a master's degree in cinema production in 1974. While at USC, he became the teaching assistant for documentary film production, and then for advanced camera and lighting techniques, and he also received the Directors Guild of America's "Young Filmmaker Award." He went on to win U.S. and foreign awards for writing, producing, and directing documentary programs, television and radio commercials, dramatic short films, and public information programs, while employed in private industry and in federal service.