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Bari Pearlman

Founder, BTG Productions

BTG Productions was founded by Peabody Award-Winning documentary filmmaker Bari Pearlman, whose own work and collaborations have been distributed theatrically and on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime, PBS, CNN, Discovery+, A&E, BBC and Channel 4, and screened around the world at film festivals, museums and cultural institutions. She has been supported with major grants and artists residencies including Yaddo and the LMCC Artists' Residency on Governors Island, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producer's Guild of America, and NYWIFT.


Bari's award-winning work as a director includes Jelly Roll: Save Me, Queen of Meth, Death Row Stories, Autism is for Life: The Story of Jeanine Lazili, Daughters of Wisdom, Nangchen Shorts, Looking for Lepke, The Strangest Town in Alaska, and Mah-Jongg: The Tiles That Bind


As a Creative Producer, Bari has collaborated on numerous documentary films including the Peabody Award-Winning How to Dance in Ohio , the Peabody Award Nominated Roll Red Roll, and the multi-award winning The Leprechaun's Wife  and Smile Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story. Her television work as a producer includes Abstract: The Art of Design, The New Yorker Presents, Fugitive Chronicles, Shots in the Dark and Fan Club: ABBA.


On the scripted side, Bari was the Post Production Supervisor on Season 1 of the hit CBS series Blue Bloods, the Producer of Stéphane Goazé's short film The Necklace, and Assistant Director of Cesq Gay's Hotel Room.


Bari also applies her broad experience as a consultant to filmmakers in need of guidance on all aspects of the filmmaking and distribution process. In addition to her film work, Bari was a Contributing Editor to Filmmaker Magazine for 12 years. She held Director positions at numerous film festivals including the 1996 and 1997 Hamptons International Film Festival, the 1997 New York Women's Film Festival, and the 1999 Classically Independent Film Festival. She began her career in the arts as a Development Officer for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She has also translated the fiction of Swedish author Jonas Gardell.

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