Filmmakers Penny Lane & Brian L. Frye

Penny Lane & Brian L. Frye came to the Sanctuary in May of 2013 to present their film “Our Nixon,” an all-archival documentary presenting rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before. The documentary begins in 1969. While many young people are demonstrating or dropping out, we meet three squares who have just started new jobs at the White House. Their loss of innocence and their betrayal by the President is the story of “Our Nixon.” Their story sheds new light on larger historical themes at a key moment in American history when the age of Aquarius gave way to the age of Nixon.

Penny Lane, director and co-producer of the film, has been making award-winning documentaries and essay films since 2002. Her films have screened at Rotterdam, AFI FEST, The Media That Matters Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and many other venues. She has been awarded grants from Cinereach, TFI Documentary Fund, LEF Foundation, and other prestigious grants. “Our Nixon” was her first feature documentary, which she was awarded several grants and a residency at Yaddo. She is a Creative Capital grantee and was named one of the Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012.


Brian L. Frye, the co-producer for “Our Nixon,” is a filmmaker, writer, and professor of law. HIs films explore relationships between history, society, and cinema through archival and amateur images. Frye’s films have been shown by the Whitney Museum (which are now in the museum’s permanent collection), New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, and many others. His writing on film has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment and the Village Voice. A Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky, his legal scholarship concerns interactions between the law and the arts, focusing on issues relating to nonprofit organizations and intellectual property. Brian is a Creative Capital grantee and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012.

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