Long time Columbia Film institution Richard Brick has decided for medical reasons to stop teaching his Pre-Production of a Motion Picture class as of this fall. Brick received his MFA in Film from Columbia in 1970 and started teaching with Milos Forman and Frank Daniel in 1983, at the suggestion of Michael Hausman (with whom, at the time, he was making Academy Award-winning Places in the Heart in Texas).
During his thirty years at the school, Brick served as co-Chair, Chair, Professor, and, most recently, Adjunct Professor. During Brick’s tenure, he doubled the number of foreign students enrolled in the MFA film program. In 1987, he founded, with students Tom Whalen and Paula Schaap, the Columbia University Film Festival, which has become one of the centerpieces of our program. While Chair, Brick hired Lazlo Benedek, Brian DePalma, Ira Deutchman, Emir Kusturica, Romulus Linney, Sidney Lumet, David Mamet, and Frank Perry to teach full-semester courses, and chaired the search committees which appointed Lewis Cole and Ralph Rosenblum as cornerstones of our program.