After becoming infatuated with non-fiction storytelling as an undergraduate at BYU, Barber worked as an independent documentary filmmaker, including one fortunate project which took him to several countries across five continents. He went on to attend the USC School of Cinema-Television and continued work in Los Angeles as an editor, cinematographer, and director/producer of documentary film and television, with credits on HBO, Showtime, PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Current TV, the Documentary Channel, and others.
Barber was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work as an editor on the HBO documentary Resolved, on which he also served as an associate producer and cinematographer. The film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival and is also up for an Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Informational Programming.”
Barber has also participated in a number of film festivals both as a filmmaker and as a programmer, serving on selection committees for the Slamdance Film Festival and the International Documentary Association Awards.
Barber joined the Theatre and Media Arts faculty at BYU in 2007 and helped develop significant non-fiction curriculum revisions which include more focus on television, transmedia, and new forms of distribution. He also works with advanced students in a professional mentoring environment to make documentaries and other new forms of content for BYU Broadcasting.
Barber’s short documentary Zero Currency won a CINE Golden Eagle award in the Independent Division, short documentary. For more information, go here. Brad served as the producer, director, and editor of the piece. A short version of the film is available on Beehive stories, under Grand County.
In May 2011 Barber received the Charles Redd Center Young Scholar Award in Western Studies, based in large part on his work with Beehive Stories. The Young Scholar Award provides a $3,000 annual salary stipend and a $5,000 annual support award to Assistant or Associate Professors to promote significant scholarship in Western American studies. Beehive Stories also received an Emmy Award from the 2012 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards ceremony in Phoenix.
Later that year, Barber's film Drum Beats was accepted to the Heartland Film Festival, one of the highest purse prizes of film festivals in the world.
With Beehive Stories only half-done Brad has completed three others, available on his website: Iron County, Bryce Canyon, and Cache County.
- LDS Church News - BYU wins broadcasting awards (19 Oct 2012)
- BYU Magazine - Roll out the Blue Carpet (Summer 2012)
- The Daily Universe - Association offers students’ film screenings (2 April 2010)
- The Daily Herald - BYU filmmaker documents Utah life (19 Feb. 2010)