Barry Hershey’s first feature, The Empty Mirror, which he directed and co-wrote, premiered at the 1996 Cannes International Film Festival, was released theatrically by Lions Gate Films, and broadcast on HBO. Lions Gate Films released the film on DVD.

His next feature, Casting About, is a lyrical documentary about the auditioning process, which was distributed theatrically by Kino International. More recently, Hershey directed the documentary Leading To War, which shows how the government led the American people to support a war in Iraq. The film is available online for free in 19 languages.


Prior to directing features, Hershey created and directed a number of award-winning short films: Odyssey, Filmmaker, Untitled 1987, Lucifer: God’s Most Beautiful Angel and Sound of Peace. Among many honors the films received were a Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and a CINE Golden Eagle. These five films are available in a DVD entitled Quintessence.

Hershey studied film at Harvard University, MIT, and USC, where he received his Masters of Fine Arts in Cinema.


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