Bret Primack has a Samurai’s Spirit with a bold and courageous heart, the signposts of his fearlessly creative life.
A graduate of NYU Film School where he studied with Martin Scorsese, Bret Primack has been at the forefront of new media since he co-founded Jazz Central Station, the first Jazz website, in 1994. When YouTube debuted in 2006, he began posting as the Jazz Video Guy. Now, with over twenty four hundred posted videos with fifty million views, Bret hosts YouTube's premiere Jazz channel: jazzvideoguy.com
Bret Primack worked in documentaries and industrials before a three decade career as a respected music journalist. He has published hundreds of articles, interviews and liner notes that have appeared in JazzTimes, DownBeat, The New York Times, People magazine and Swing Journal.
When Bret moved to Tucson, Arizona, ground zero for immigration and border issues because of its proximity to Mexico, he began producing social justice documentaries. His subjects have included Human Borders, a group of concerned people who put water in the desert for migrants so they won’t die of dehydration; and, Clinica Amistad, a team of volunteer physicians and nursing professionals who offer free health care to undocumented people. While teaching documentary filmmaking at Pima Community College, Bret also produced a full length documentary feature about DACA students.
After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, in October, 2018, Bret was mad as hell and he didn’t want to take it any more, so he began production on a new documentary, They Will Not Replace Us, about American anti-Semitism.
The feature length documentary features Interviews with Noam Chomsky, Holocaust survivors, activists, academics and religious leaders, and discusses how conspiracy theories have fueled global anti-Semitism for over two thousand years and how the US government withheld support from Jews during the Holocaust because of anti-Semitism.
The film made its online premiere on February 1, 2022: theywillnotreplaceus.com