Filmmakers and Producers

Charles B. Brack

Chas. Bennett Brack studied documentary arts at Antioch College, graduating with a degree in Cultural and Interdisciplinary Arts. Upon his arrival in New York City, Brack became involved in Men of All Colors Together, NY – an anti-racism organization. At various time he was the co-chair, national representative and Political Action Committee co-chair. Brack took a position at the New York City Commission on Human Rights in the Lesbian and Gay Discrimination Documentation Project/AIDS Discrimination Unit as Associate Video Producer. During his tenure at the commission, he co-founded and performed with Lavender Light Gospel Choir for over 15 years. As a result of his work with Lavender Light and the Black LGBT sacred community, he became a charter member of, and ordained as, a deacon in Unity Fellowship Church, NY. Brack’s professional career continued at The Gay Men’s Health Crisis as producer of their weekly AIDS information television magazine, Living With AIDS.

Brack worked at Third World Newsreel, while producing distributing his highly acclaimed directorial debut, DREAMS DEFERRED: THE SAKIA GUNN FILM PROJECT. The film won Best at NewFest 2008. He is the recipient of the 2012 Black Gay Research Group Founder’s Spirit and Soul Awards for Outstanding Contributions in Service to the Black Gay Community, the Walter Anderson Award which recognizes contributions by Antioch College alumni and friends who have advanced the college ideals by breaking down racial and ethnic barriers, and the 2017 Optum Superhero which is awarded for excellence in customer this case, for his ongoing work as a Certified Peer Support Specialist in addiction services at Unitedhealthcare.


Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project
Charles B. Brack
Producer: Charles B. Brack, CoProduced with Third World Newsreel
2008, 58 min., Color, US
This documentary tells the little known story of Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old student who was fatally stabbed in a gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia was an Aggressive, according to GLAAD, a homosexual woman of color who dresses in masculine attire but does not necessarily identify as female-t...

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