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Steve Barr

producer Chronesthesia; writer Born To Dance

Steve Barr moved to New Zealand in 2010 after working for 16 years in the Hollywood system. A graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program at the University of Southern California, he worked for two years as an actor before transitioning into writing and producing.

He is a founding member of SoCal Film Group, a creative collective of writers, directors, producers and actors that produced over 50 short films across the spectrum of styles and genres. SoCal Film Group shorts screened at dozens of film festivals, including the Austin Film Festival (where Steve's film Who's On First? - the Movie won the online Audience Award), the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival, Silver Lake Film Festival, Shriekfest, and the Newport Beach Film Festival, as well as on the cable channels AMC and Showtime.  

Through his association with SoCal Film Group, Steve wrote and produced Quiet, which was named one of the top ten short films of the year by Film Threat magazine.

In 1997 Steve set up a development deal at Walt Disney Pictures for his family adventure screenplay Plant Life, where he developed and wrote the screenplay with the writers of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Steve has worked as a corporate suit for NBC Universal, VP Development for indie financier / production company SMASHfilms, an assignment screenwriter, and an independent producer. As a screenplay consultant he has written formal analysis on thousands of screenplays, and lectured at the Screenwriter's Expo, StoryBoard, Scriptwrights, Northwest Writers Guild, and dozens of institutions and industry organizations in America and New Zealand.

Steve is a former Artist in Residence of Massey University. He is currently serving as an Executive Producer for the New Zealand Film Commission’s Premiere Shorts funding program, a producer for the film/TV production company Gibson Group, a lecturer for the NZ Film and Television School, and is on the boards of the Inspiring Stories Trust and the New Zealand Writers Guild.

Steve’s most recent feature screenwriting credit is New Zealand’s first hip hop dance movie, Born to Dance (co-written with Casey Whelan). It premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, played in the 2016 Berlinale, and was the most successful New Zealand film of 2015.

Steve’s most recent feature producing credit is Chronesthesia, an indie light romance with a time travel element. After sold-out screenings at its home New Zealand International Film Festival, its official World Premiere is in competition at the Austin Film Festival.



My Panelists Sessions

Friday, October 14

1:30pm CDT