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Richard Brick Collection, 1968-2014, bulk 1975-2005

Summary Information

Abstract

The Richard Brick collection consists of materials related to film productions created and collected by Richard Brick, dating from 1968 to 2014. The materials document the career of Richard Brick as a filming professor, producer, and the first commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (MOFTB). The collection also includes materials related to films by Richard Brick's wife, Geri Ashur. The bulk of the collection focuses on the motion picture films and production files of the films Richard Brick and Geri Ashur produced, as well as the administrative records that document Richard Brick's contribution to the filming industry in New York.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1962
Bib ID 13628216 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Brick, Richard ; Ashur, Geri, 1947-1984
Title Richard Brick Collection, 1968-2014, bulk 1975-2005
Physical Description 43 Linear Feet (32 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 5 flat boxes, 1 index card box); 67.5 Gigabytes
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Folder-level restrictions are marked in the container list if apply.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Materials are arranged by material type and semi-chronologically within each series. Collection is arranged in eight series.

Description

Scope and Contents

The Richard Brick collection documents the activities of Richard Brick, who was a film maker, producer, filming professor, and the first commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (MOFTB), dating from 1968 to 2014, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1975 to 2005. The collection also includes materials related to Richard Brick's wife, Geri Ashur, who was a screen writer, film editor, foreign language dubbing specialist, and a documentary film director. The collection primarily contains production files as well as video and sound recordings from the motion picture films that Richard Brick and Geri Ashur worked on. The papers primarily include course materials, correspondence, photographs, memoranda, screenplays, production files, contracts, reports, news clippings, printed materials, production board, memorabilia, awards, etc., which document Richard Brick's career as a film professor and producer, as well as the commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. The bulk of the materials also includes motion picture films as well as video and sound elements of productions that Richard Brick and Geri Ashur worked on during their career.

  • Series I: Columbia University and Seminar, 1989-1993, 2009

    Series comprises course materials for the Pre-production of a motion picture class at Columbia University's School of Arts, which Brick taught since 1989. Materials include course syllabi, assignments, sample production files, as well as course materials from a production seminar given at Independent Feature Project (IFP).

  • Series II: Mayor's Office of Films, Theatre and Broadcasting, 1992-1994

    Series comprises of chronological files, correspondence, and publicity materials related to Brick's tenure as the Commissioner at the Mayor's Office of Films, Theatre and Broadcasting, dating from 1992 to 1994.

  • Series III: Screenplays, 1977-2013, undated

    Series contains produced and unproduced screenplays that Richard Brick collected, dating from 1977 to 2013.

  • Series IV: Production Files, 1968-2013

    Series consists of files related to productions that Richard Brick was involved in, dating from 1968 to 2013. The production files include chronological files, correspondence, cost reports, contracts, budgets, production brochures, screen breakdown, call sheets, production board copies, reports, locations, cost reports, deal memos, casts, clearance records, schedules, crew lists, etc. Also included in the materials are some files related to the films Geri Ashur worked on.

  • Series V: Photographs, 1975-1995

    Series contains one folder of ten photographs depicting the cast and the production team at the filming locations, dating from 1975 to 1995.

  • Series VI: Awards and Memorabilia, 1976-2004

    Series consists of awards and memorabilia Richard Brick collected, dating from 1976 to 2004.

  • Series VII: Production Stripboards, 1982-1985, 2002

    Series contains the five production stripboards for Silkwood, Texas Picture (Places in the Heart), Man Running, and The Squid and the Whale, dating from 1982 to 1985, and 2002.

  • Series VIII: Audio-Visual, 1970-2014

    Series consists of films, sound, and video recordings of productions that Richard Brick and Geri Ashur worked on during their career, dating from 1970 to 2014. The bulk of the audiovisual recordings in the collection are on film reels and sound reels, other formats include videotapes, VHS, DVDs, BetaMax, and external hard drive.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Folder-level restrictions are marked in the container list if apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Richard Brick collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Richard Brick/Last Stand Farmer Collection at the Vermont Folklife Center Digital Archive. Link

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed by Yingwen Huang, January 2020.

The following materials were deaccessioned and removed during processing: One record carton of publicity duplicates; one volume of Kemps film, TV and video handbook (1997); 3 empty production boards; 1 empty film can labeled "Janie's Janie" and "Last Stand Farmer".

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
35mm (photographic film size) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Administrative records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Budgets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diffusion transfer prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magnetic tapes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorabilia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoranda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Screenplays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
VHS Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Video cassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Videotapes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Allen, Woody, 1935- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Color motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documentary films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documentary films -- Production and direction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Filmmakers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kusturica, Emir Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion picture film Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion picture locations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion picture producers and directors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures -- Production and direction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Television -- Production and direction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Richard Brick was born in New York, September 20, 1945. Richard Brick began as a documentary film maker, having attended the Robert Flaherty Seminar. He received his BA in 1968 from New York University, and MFA in film from Columbia's Film Department in 1971, and then served on the Columbia faculty in the School of the Arts as chair and taught film production for the rest of his career. Brick had a long involvement with the graduate film program at Columbia, serving as chairman and as co-chairman of the Film Division at Columbia in 1988 and 1989, and was an adjunct professor of producing from 1989 until his death. He had been featured and published in Film Culture and Film Comment. During his tenure, Brick created the first Columbia University Film Festival, which is still continuing.

As the Production Manager, Brick worked on Places in the Heart (1984), Silkwood (1983), Little Gloria...Happy at Last (1982), Part of the Family (1994), Six American Families (1976), Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991), The Trials of Alger Hiss (1980), and as the Location manager for Ragtime (1981), and many more. As the Associate producer, he worked on Andrea Doria: The Final Chapter (1982) and The Body Human: The Vital Connection (1978). He produced the English-language versions of From the Lives of Marionettes (1980), Autumn Sonata (1978), the award winning documentary Last Stand Farmer (1976), and the television spots for Bob Fosse's Pippin' and Dancin'. He also worked as the co-producer for Arizona Dream (1992). Brick is also known for producing three pictures directed by Woody Allen, Deconstructing Harry (1996), Celebrity (1997) and Sweet and Lowdown (1998). He received the American Film Institute Grant, 1972; Vermont Council on the Arts Grant, 1974; Blue Ribbon and John Grierson awards (American Film Festival); and the Gold Ducat (Mannheim Filmwoche) for Last Stand Farmer (1976), as the producer-director.

Brick served as New York City's first commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (MOFTB) from 1992 through 1994, appointed by Mayor Dinkins, and following the studio boycott of New York City during 1990 to 1991. In addition, Brick was involved with the labor side of the film industry as a member of the Directors Guild of America. He was also a Chairman and a member of the board of directors for the Independent Feature Project (IFP), the Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of the Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award of New York Foundation for the Arts from 1984 until his death. Richard Brick died in New York, 2014 at the age of 68.

Geri (Geraldine) Ashur was born in New Jersey, 1947. She attended the Barnard College and graduated in 1968. She was a screenwriter, film editor, foreign language dubbing specialist, and documentary film director. Geri specialized as a dubbing editor, worked on Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900, Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro and Lina Wertmuller's Seven Beauties. Geri began making films with the New York Newsreel, a political collective where she directed Janie's Janie, and Me and Stella, a portrait of Elizabeth Cotten. She married Richard Brick in 1979 and had one child together. She died in 1984, at the age of 37.