Name: Brad Barber
Title: Associate Chair, Teaching Professor
Division: Media Arts Non-Fiction Production
Office Hours: F-331 HFAC, Mondays 2pm – 3:30pm
Phone: (801) 422-2890
BA Cum Laude, Brigham Young University, 2001
MFA, University of Southern California, 2005
Named to Variety’s “10 Documakers to Watch” list 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 a nationwide theatrical release in 34 cities with Gravitas Ventures and Submarine Deluxe. The film then showed at community centers in 75 cities leading up to its broadcast on PBS’s documentary series Independent Lens in 2016.
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 awarded 5 regional Emmys for his public television short documentary series BEEHIVE STORIES (2009-2018), 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 earned 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 teaches 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. His most recent work is STATES OF AMERICA, an ongoing series of short documentaries featuring one person in each of the 50 United States. Presented by KQED, the series is currently airing on WORLD Channel, PBS.org, and the PBS app. He is married to artist and frequent collaborator Susan Krueger-Barber, and together they have two amazing sons.
TMA 185 Basic Production
TMA 273 Beginning Non-Fiction and New Media
TMA 315R Workshop 2: Special Projects
TMA 394 Intermediate Non-fiction Production
TMA 474R Documentary Capstone
Curriculum Vitae: Brad Barber