Peabody Award-Winning documentary filmmaker Bari Pearlman founded BTG Productions in 1993. Her work has been released theatrically and broadcast around the world, and screened at film festivals, cultural institutions and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, Museum of Art and Design, Rubin Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her work has been supported with grants from NYSCA, The Jerome Foundation, The Hartley Film Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Foundation, as well as an LMCC Swing Space Artists' Residency on Governors Island, and several Yaddo residencies. She was also a participant in the 2006 Sundance Producer's Conference. Bari is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Bari's award-winning feature documentary Daughters of Wisdom (2007), about the exceptional women of Kala Rongo Monastery in rural Tibet, was released theatrically in 2008. She also created Nangchen Shorts (2011), a collection of short films about life in rural Tibet - Ritual Objects, Water and Tsampa. In 2009, Bari directed the development trailer for The Strangest Town in Alaska for Cypress Films, about the people and peculiarities of Whittier, Alaska. She was also the Co-Producer/Co-Director (together with Phyllis Heller) of Mah-Jongg: The Tiles That Bind (1998).
As a Producer, Bari collaborated with director Alexandra Shiva on Peabody Award-winning feature documentary How To Dance in Ohio about teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum. It had its World Premiere in Documentary Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, premiered on HBO in October 2015, and is now screening internationally. She also produced Lee Storey's award-winning feature documentary Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story (2009) about that kitschy upbeat singing group. In 2012, she produced the shoots to create the video decor elements for Rocky: The Musical. In addition to producing, Bari applies her 20 years of broad experience in the documentary film world to consult filmmakers in need of guidance on all aspects of the filmmaking process. Click "Consulting Services" on the menu bar for more about her consulting work.
For television, Bari is currently directing two episodes of CNN Death Row Stories for Jigsaw Productions and Sundance Productions. She was also Story Producer of the Amazon Original series The New Yorker Presents (2016) for Jigsaw Productions, Post Production Supervisor on Season 1 (2010-11) of CBS's Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Walhberg. She produced two episodes of the A&E docu-drama series The Fugitive Chronicles, as well as (for @radical.media) Shots in the Dark (2001, Court TV/Channel 4), and VH1 Fan Club: ABBA (2002). Her IFC Films interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman about his starring role in Adam Elliot's "Mary & Max" is streaming on traileraddict.com. Bari was also the Second Unit Director/Segment Producer of Jonathan Judge's Food for Thought: Good Taste In Art (2003). Click "Television Projects" on the menu bar for more about her television work.
As an Event Producer, Bari created high-profile special events for Delta Air Lines, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The NYU Downtown Hospital Debutante Cotillion and Christmas Ball, and the CUNY Graduate Center. She served as the Coordinator of the 1999 Classically Independent Film Festival Tour, Managing Director of the 1999 IFP American Independents in Berlin Program, Hospitality Director of the 1996 and 1997 Hamptons International Film Festival, Managing Director of the 1997 New York Women's Film Festival, and the Curator/Programmer of the 1997 Moonworks Short Film Program. She was a Juror for the 2002 Columbia University Student Film Awards and the 2000 Student Academy Awards.
Bari was a Contributing Editor to Filmmaker Magazine for 12 years, and an editorial consultant for Scenario, Silicon Alley Reporter and IFC/Rant magazines, and the Indiewire and IFP Websites. She has also translated the fiction of Swedish author Jonas Gardell. A 1987 graduate of SUNY Binghamton, Bari earned a Master's degree in Literature from Indiana University in 1994.