Barens received his Bachelors degree and Masters of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. His body of work includes documentary films, experimental shorts, music videos and public service announcements, which have been screened at numerous film festivals, conferences, broadcast nationally and internationally, as well as distributed educationally. Barens' work has received funding from the Illinois Arts Council, the Open Society Institutes' Project on Death in America and the Center on Crime, Communities and Culture, the Independent Feature Project, the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the International Documentary Association, with additional support from Working Films and the Blue Mountain Center.
Geof Bartz, A.C.E.
Bartz has been the Supervising Editor for Documentary Films at Home Box Office since 1998. Geof started his film career as an assistant editor on the 1969 CBS Simon and Garfunkel Songs of America and has gone on to edit, or to supervise the editing, of more than 100 nonfiction films, among them the classic documentary Pumping Iron. In 2000 and 2001, two short documentaries he cut, King Gimp and Big Mama, won back to back Academy Awards. He has been nominated for ten Emmys and has won four.
Reichert is a three time Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary for Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists and Union Maids. These films and two others, Growing Up Female and Methadone An American Way Of Dealing, all screened nationally in the U.S. on PBS. Reichert's work has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the American Film Institute, and ITVS. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship and with Steven Bognar is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and has received additional assistance through the MacDowell Colony.
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