Bennett Singer has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 20 years. With Patrick Sammon, he is the co-producer and co-director of CURED, an award-winning documentary slated for national broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens series in the fall of 2021. The film has been optioned by 20th Century Television as the basis for a limited series on FX or Hulu. Steven Canals, the co-creator of Pose, is writing and executive producing the series; Singer and Sammon are serving as producers.
Singer began his career at Blackside, Inc., where he was an associate producer of Eyes on the Prize II, the Emmy-winning PBS series on civil rights history, and a member of Blackside’s publishing team. He went on to co-direct Brother Outsider, a “potent and persuasive” (Los Angeles Times) biography of the gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. The film premiered at Sundance, aired nationally on PBS, and won more than 20 awards (www.brotheroutsider.org). He also co-directed Electoral Dysfunction, a “frightening and enlightening” (WBEZ Radio) documentary about voting in America. Hosted by political humorist Mo Rocca, the film had a dual premiere at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, aired nationally on PBS, and was featured in a four-part New York Times Op-Docs series. A Classroom Edition was distributed to more than 20,000 history and social studies teachers (www.electoraldysfunction.org).
For eight years, Singer served as Executive Editor of TIME Magazine’s Education Program, where he created teaching materials to accompany The Laramie Project, Band of Brothers, Iron Jawed Angels, and Unchained Memories. He is the author or editor of five books, including 42 Up (the companion volume to Michael Apted’s documentary series) and LGBTQ Stats, an “indispensable” (Booklist, starred review) reference work that Singer co-authored with his husband, David Deschamps (www.lgbtqstats.org).
Singer has spoken at The United Nations, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The British Museum, The Library of Congress, The Schomburg Center, and at dozens of colleges and universities, including NYU, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the University of Lynchburg, Middlebury, and Emerson. In 2015, he delivered the keynote address at the city of Bloomington, Indiana’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
Singer is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College; his senior thesis won a Hoopes Prize, Harvard’s highest undergraduate award for research and writing. He developed and taught a course on LGBTQ literature at Tufts and is the recipient of the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Residency for Collaborative Teams at Yaddo. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.