Keynote Speaker

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Brett Culp

Brett Culp, Social Entrepreneur and Filmmaker, is known as an expert whose work has inspired audiences around the world. He is the personal cinematographer for Hollywood stars, music icons, beloved authors, hall of fame athletes and royal families. His films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and other top digital platforms.

With his uplifting documentary film Legends of the Knight, Culp pioneered a groundbreaking approach to community building and relationship-driven engagement. Instead of launching this feature film through normal distribution channels, he offered anyone in the world the opportunity to screen it in their local movie theater with proceeds benefiting the charity of their choice. This unique plan gave individuals the freedom to use the movie as an open-source tool for bringing people together to make a positive impact.

Without a single dollar spent on marketing or advertising and no paid staff, the feature film successfully screened in theaters in over 110 cities across the globe raising $100,000 for charity. Each showing was hosted by local volunteers who took the initiative to organize and promote the event. Culp inspired thousands of people, many of whom had never planned a community event, to become leaders engaged in a passionate mission.

For Culp, this experience reframed leadership as an art form that invites people to connect with a noble vision and make a difference together. Rather than thinking as a traditional filmmaker, his projects are collaborative efforts, pulling diverse groups of people into dialogue and ultimately leading to stronger communities and greater impact. Culp has developed a talent for creating 'mini-movements' that inspire the heroic spirit in everyone.

His keynote address at the VAGHC will deliver practical methods for aligning teams behind a meaningful mission and creating growth through trust and genuine connectivity. Culp’s high energy programs are filled with touching moments, extraordinary filmmaking stories, humor and insights about developing rewarding relationships through generosity and authenticity. His message impacts audiences on a personal level, motivating them to find the best within themselves and bring it to their world. 

Culp has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, WIRED, The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime, WEtv and many more. The newest edition of the college textbook Documentary Storytelling devotes an entire chapter to Culp’s production style.

He is the co-founder of The Rising Heroes Project, a 501c3 that supports charitable organizations and empowers community leaders.

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