Brian L. Frye

Moving Image, 2012

Brian L. Frye is a filmmaker, writer and law professor. His films explore relationships between history, society and cinema through archival and amateur images. Since 1995, his films have appeared in many museums and festivals, including The Whitney Museum, New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde, Pacific Film Archive, New York Underground Film Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Warhol Museum and other venues. His films are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum and are distributed by the Filmmaker’s Coop and Peripheral Produce. He was awarded a Jerome Foundation grant for Wormwood’s Dog and Monkey Show, which premiered at the 2002 Whitney Biennial. His writing on film has appeared in numerous publications, including October, The New Republic, Film Comment and the Village Voice. His legal scholarship concerns interactions between the law and the arts, focusing on issues relating to nonprofit organizations and intellectual property. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law.

Awards and Accomplishments


 Penny Lane and Brian Frye's Our Nixon screens at the IFC Center, New York


Penny Lane and Brian Frye's Our Nixon won the Best of the Festival award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival


Penny Lane and Brian Frye’s film Our Nixon wins the Founder’s Prize for Best Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival