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 chairing 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.”
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.