Bennett Singer

Bennett Singer is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 25 years. He co-directed Brother Outsider, a “potent and persuasive” (Los Angeles Times) and “beautifully crafted” (Boston Globe) portrait of the gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. The film premiered at Sundance, aired on PBS’ POV series and Logo, and won 22 international awards, including the GLAAD Media Award, eight Best Documentary prizes, and seven audience awards (including Outfest, Frameline, and NewFest). Singer received a duPont-Columbia Award for his work on EYES ON THE PRIZE II, the Emmy- and Peabody-winning PBS series on civil rights history. He later co-directed Electoral Dysfunction, a feature-length documentary about voting in America; hosted by Mo Rocca, the film aired nationally on PBS, was featured in a four-part New York Times Op-Docs series, and won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. The former Executive Editor of TIME Magazine’s education program, Singer is the editor or author of five books, including 42 UP (companion volume to Michael Apted’s acclaimed documentary series); LGBTQ Stats, an “indispensable” (Booklist, starred review) compendium co-authored by Singer and his husband, David Deschamps, that won the ALA’s Stonewall Honor Book Award in 2018; and The Student Body, a “wry, insider thriller” (Village Voice) that Singer wrote with three Harvard classmates. He currently resides in Los Angeles.