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Former Gotham Film Commish And Producer Richard Brick: A Remembrance

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 5:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

dickbrickThe news that Richard Brick passed away at age 68 is sad news for me, and the Gotham production community. Back when I was covering the New York production business closely, Brick became the film commissioner in 1992 under David Dinkins. This was right after New York went through a devastating production boycott by major studios that refused to shoot in the city until the unions agreed to help them make the location less expensive by becoming more reasonable on issues like overtime, staffing requirements and other issues. Brick, a Columbia U grad and a New York guy through and through, came in after being line producer on such films as Silkwood, Ragtime and Places In The Heart. His knowledge of how movies actually got made and his tireless energy made him an important player at a pivotal time. That included streamlining the permitting process.

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Under his term–and helped greatly by the flexibility and forward thinking of union leaders like the late Local 817 Teamsters head Thomas O’Donnell–the production business rebounded in a big way and continues to thrive. Brick, always an outspoken guy, and he had the patience of a line producer, which means not much patience at all. Brick was endorsed for reappointment by the unions after Dinkins left office, but when incoming mayor Rudy Giuliani didn’t jump to keep him, Brick resigned. He went back to producing movies for Woody Allen, and many other … Read More »

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R.I.P. Richard Brick

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 10:22pm PDT

MV5BMTc1OTk5MzgzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODA3MDMyMw@@._V1._SX500_SY428_The longtime DGA official and former NYC film commissioner died Wednesday. Richard Brick was 68. He worked on films including Sweet And Lowdown, Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Henry and Hangin’ With The Homeboys — for which he earned a 1992 Indie Spirit nom — Silkwood and Places In The Heart. He was a member of the DGA’s Eastern AD/UPM Council for more than a decade, serving as its First Vice Chair for four years while also Richard Brickchairing several of the council’s subcommittees. Brick served on the DGA’s Negotiating Committee in 2011, was a National Board Convention Delegate for five election cycles and was a member of the PAC Leadership Council since 2006. Brick also served as the commissioner of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting from 1992-94. He also was a film professor at Columbia University and created the Columbia University Film Festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. Said DGA President Paris Barclay: “Richard spent years in service to his fellow members, advocating passionately on behalf of his assistant director and unit production manager colleagues. As a former New York City film commissioner, Richard had a unique perspective about the needs of our members within the broader entertainment community, giving him valuable experience that he called upon to better protect our creative and economic rights. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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