Name: Brad Barber
Title: Associate Professor
Division: Media Arts Nonfiction Production
Office: F-331 HFAC
Phone: (801) 422-2890
Named to Variety’s “10 Documakers to Watch” in 2015, 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 have a nationwide theatrical release with Submarine Deluxe and Gravitas Ventures, 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 on May 9, 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 won multiple regional Emmys for his public television short documentary series Beehive Stories, which he created as a production class in the BYU Theatre & Media Arts Department, and is a recipient of the AFI Docs/NBC Universal Impact Grant for social outreach. He has also served 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. He began teaching at BYU in 2007.
Professor Barber currently serves as the area head for non-fiction production in TMA, and specializes in working with students in a professional mentoring environment to make documentaries and other new forms of content. He is married to artist Susan Krueger-Barber and together they have two amazing sons.
MFA, University of Southern California, 2005
BA Cum Laude, Brigham Young University, 2001
TMA 185 Basic Production
TMA 273 Digital Media Storytelling for Broadcasting
TMA 315R Workshop 2: Special Projects
TMA 394 Nonfiction Production 2
TMA 475R Media Arts Capstone
Brad Barber CV