Brian Lawrence Frye (born c. 1970) is an American independent filmmaker, artist, and law professor. His work includes Our Nixon, for which he served as a producer with his ex-wife, Penny Lane. His film Oona’s Veil is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art, and his writings on film and art have appeared in The New Republic, Film Comment, Cineaste, Millennium Film Journal, and The Village Voice.Filmmaker Magazine listed him as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2012. He currently is the Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he teaches courses on civil procedure, intellectual property, copyright, and nonprofit organizations. He is a vocal critic of the bar exams and refers to his course on professional responsibility as “Managing the Legal Cartel”
Frye was born in San Francisco, California. He received a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 and an MFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. He decided to attend Georgetown Law School in 2002, a decision profiled in The Washington Post, but received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2005. While working as an independent filmmaker, artist, and critic, he taught as a visiting professor at Hampshire College before attending law school.
After law school, he clerked for Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court from 2005 to 2006 and Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2006 to 2007. Following his clerkship, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell until 2010, when he accepted a teaching position at the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law. His article on the legal history of the Supreme Court case United States v. Miller, “The Peculiar Story of United States v. Miller” (2008) in the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, was cited by Justice Antonin Scalia in his landmark majority opinion for the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller.
Justice John Paul Stevens later credited Frye’s work in his final memoirs The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years for changing his approach in Heller.