Writer / Director / Producer / Editor / Camera DP
Barry is a successful editor / producer of major network shows, documentary commercials and feature films.
Eight years ago, I was invited to take part in a sweat lodge ceremony by Shoshone Native Americans in Death Valley, CA. I helped heat the rocks and as suggested, contemplated about my purpose in the coming years. The experience was powerful and I emerged with a very clear picture of my life from then on. Having successfully worked in Hollywood and NYC as an editor of TV, documentary and film, I was craving a higher purpose.
Always an animal lover and fascinated by cheetahs, it was shown to me in the sweat lodge that by using my ability to communicate through film that I could best serve a conservation effort.
Within two days, I was sitting in front of a live cheetah, watching my every move. All the beauty, tragedy, joy and gratitude these animals experience was sent to me in the blink of an eye.
The experience of meeting Victor the Cheetah was life-altering. I actually had a spiritual experience in his presence. I was somehow “zapped” or given a huge amount of information about life on this planet and how it really feels to live it from this great spirit. It felt like ancient wisdom that I had forgotten many lifetimes ago. It left me humbled yet reassured, and expanded my spiritual life. Since then, I have been filming local cheetahs, developing relationships and organizing interviews with many people in the American and African conservation field. I even pitched to Dr. Jane Goodall when I attended the World Conservation conference in San Francisco.
Being a non-profit film has opened many doors and over time, I have developed a trust among the “animal people“ of the cheetah conservation world. The changing nature of technology such as funding sites and amazing cameras and ways to reach out to people have made this project finally possible.
Thank you for joining us in our efforts.
Producer / Camera DP / Vlog
Hailey is an award-winning Producer, Director, Newscaster, TV Presenter and Media Personality.