RICHARD BRICK (Co-producer) - "Sweet and Lowdown" is Richard Bricks third picture in three years with Woody Allen. He was also co-producer of Mr. Allens "Deconstructing Harry" and "Celebrity."
Brick spent 1995 producing Robert M. Youngs "Caught," also released by Sony Pictures Classics. Previously, Brick had a highly successful tenure as Commissioner of the New York City Mayors Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting from 1992 to 1994, boosting feature film production in New York City by 70%. In 1992, Brick served as the co-producer of Emir Kusturicas "Arizona Dream" for Warner Brothers/ UGC/ Constellation/ Hachette Premiere/ Canal+. In 1990, he produced "Hangin with the Homeboys," an award-winner at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, for New Line Cinema.
Brick was the unit production manager of Robert Bentons "Places in the Heart;" Mike Nichols "Silkwood," and the 1992 network mini-series "Little Gloria Happy at Last." He was also the production manager or associate producer of numerous pictures from 1970 to 1979 for Harry Belafonte, Westinghouse, CBS and American Playhouse, including four feature films: John Lowenthals "The Trials of Alger Hiss;" Paul Ronders "Part of the Family;" Michael Roemers "Pilgrim Farewell;" and Peter Gimbels "Andrea Doria The Final Chapter." In 1980 he worked as the unit location manager on Milos Formans "Ragtime."
During 1988 and 1989, Brick was Professor and Chairman of the graduate Film Division of Columbia University, where he earned his M.F.A. degree in 1971, and where he continues on the producing faculty as an Adjunct Professor. Brick is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producer Guild of America. In 1985, he established the Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award, administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts, where he continues as Chairman of the Advisory Board. Since 1985 he has been on the Board of Directors of the Independent Feature Project where he served as Chairman from 1994 to 1996.
Brick is married to Sara Bershtel, Associate Publisher of Metropolitan Books and is the father of a college-age son; they live in Manhattan.