Recognized as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch, Alrick Brown is an award winning writer, director and producer. His collective works have screened in over 65 festivals worldwide, earning numerous awards and honors. Among them is the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award for the critically acclaimed documentary Death of Two Sons, which he produced. In 2004 he was one of four NYU students featured in the IFC Documentary series Film School; produced by Academy award nominee Nannette Burstein.
His first feature, Kinyarwanda, made its world premiere as recipient of the prestigious World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Kinyarwanda has screened internationally in over 20 festivals, adding more than a half dozen honors to the writer/director’s credits. Alrick is also an educator, but found his medium after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during a two-year tour with the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village, and his overall experiences in West Africa, informed his creative expression. An expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Since then Alrick’s work has been described as cinematic archeology because of his vision to unearth stories that otherwise would not be told. His commitment to revealing the heart of and world around a story is what draws audiences, peers and clients to his work.
In 2013 Alrick became a Mid-Atlantic Artist Fellow. Beyond film, he has ventured onto the small screen directing ABC’s "Final Witness", ESPN’s short doc series “Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joints -- And of the Son: The Legend of David & Jackie Robinson” and writing and producing for Investigative Discoveries Emmy-Award winning series "A Crime Two Remember".
Alrick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters of Education, where he taught undergraduate courses on the African American image in cinema. He received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he later taught various courses to both undergraduate and graduate film students and is now an Assistant Professor in Undergraduate Film and Television.