The Films of Barry Hershey

THE EMPTY MIRROR

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The Empty Mirror is an unconventional cinematic exploration of the nature of evil, a fantastical journey into the deep recesses of the mind of Adolf Hitler. The film had its world premiere at the 1996 Cannes International Film Festival and was released theatrically by Lions Gate.

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CASTING ABOUT

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Casting About is a lyrical documentary that explores the experience of casting for a dramatic film, weaving together footage from auditions with 350 actresses in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, and Los Angeles. The film was released theatrically by Kino International.

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LEADING TO WAR

How does a government lead its people to war? How does it communicate to its citizens – and to the wider world – the reasons and rationale for initiating military conflict? What rhetorical devices and techniques are employed? And how is a nation brought to support the profound decision to wage war against another nation (Iraq)? These are the questions that Leading to War seeks to explore.

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ODYSSEY

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Odyssey, a visual poem, metaphorically explores the journey of life.

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FILMMAKER

Filmmaker takes us on a one-minute expressionistic ride with a filmmaker as he encounters himself through the world around him and his artistic medium.

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UNTITLED 1987

Untitled 1987 is a meditative film poem that explores the mystic's vision of the Oneness of All - in a watery world of light - through the use of camera, music, movement, color and light.

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LUCIFER, GOD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL ANGEL

Lucifer was the prince of angels, the bearer of light. He placed his own beauty and perfection above his love for God. This sin of pride caused his fall to the darkest domain. Lucifer, the film, poetically explores the Lucifer theme of beauty and destruction as manifested in man's realm.

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SOUND OF PEACE

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Sound of Peace is a cinematic meditation. Utilizing the deep resonance of the didgeridoo–played by renowned Nawang Khechog, a former Buddhist monk – the film is a synthesis of viscerally experienced waves of sound and engaging images, which aims to create a calm and transcendent experience for the viewer.

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