Recently named to Variety’s “10 Documakers to Watch” list, Brad Barber is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. His feature directing debut, Peace Officer, which he directed, produced, and shot with Scott Christopherson, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival, the Human Rights Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and the David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking at the Montclair Film Festival, among other festival honors. Peace Officer went on to a nationwide theatrical release, resulting in multiple Cinema Eye Honors recognitions. The film then showed in community centers in 75 cities leading up to its broadcast on PBS’s documentary series Independent Lens in 2016. The U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts recently selected Peace Officer as part of its cultural diplomacy program American Film Showcase.
In 2009 Brad was nominated for an Emmy for his work as an editor on the HBO documentary Resolved, for which he also served as an associate producer and cinematographer. He has been recognized with multiple regional Emmys for his public television short documentary series Beehive Stories, which he made with his students, and is a recipient of the AFI Docs/NBC Universal Impact Grant for social outreach. He has also served as a Jury Member for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and on selection committees for the International Documentary Association Awards and the Slamdance Film Festival.
Immediately after completing his undergraduate work in non-fiction film and journalism in 2001, Brad got his start professionally as a cinematographer on a documentary filmed across five continents. After returning to the states he attended USC where he received an MFA in Cinema-Television Production. He then worked in Los Angeles as an editor, cinematographer, and director/producer of independent film and television, with a variety of credits on Showtime, ESPN, Discovery Channel, and others. His shorts and feature film work have been shown at film festivals and other venues around the world.
Brad currently works as an independent filmmaker and documentary film professor. His most recent work is the public television project States of America, a series of short documentaries featuring one person in each of the 50 United States. He is married to artist Susan Krueger-Barber and together they have two amazing sons.