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Speak Out" Director/Producer, 2006
Peace" Director/Producer, 2004. Won the 2003 Burke Award
for Best Documentary.
Rise Up" Director/Producer, 2004
Resistance" Director/Producer, 2002
the Answer?" Director/Producer, 2001
Deception" Director/Producer, 1992
Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Gold Apple/Best Documentary, National
Educational Film and Video; Blue Ribbon /Best Documentary, American Film and Video;
2nd Prize, Riminicinema, Italy; 1st Prize for Film, AMASCULTURA: Encontras Intemacionais
de Cinema Documental, Lisbon, Portugal.
Behind the Iran-Contra Affair" Director/Producer, 1988
Gold Hugo, Chicago; Prix Du Public, Film des Femmes, France; Blue Ribbon/Best
Documentary, American Film and Video; Gold Apple/Best Documentary, National Educational
Film and Video; Leigh Whipper Gold Award, Philadelphia International.
Nicaragua" Co-Director/Co-Producer, 1986
Best Documentary, Philadelphia International; Silver Award, Houston International;
Merit Awards, Columbus and Suffolk Counties.
Topanga" Associate Producer, 1983
You Cross That Line: American
Activists Talk About the Process of Change - St. Martin's Press, published
Fall 2000. One chapter composed of an interview by author Marie Cieri.
Women of Courage: Inspiring
Stories from the Women Who Lived Them - New World Library, published Fall,
1999. One chapter in a compilation of personal stories written by a variety of
women illuminating the thoughts and events leading to a decision that has greatly
affected their lives.
in a Capitalist Culture - Published in The Cultures of Globalization,
by Duke University Press, 1998. An analysis of the need to extend activism to
the level of global access through the use of film and video technology, the essay
explains the obstacles that independent, activist filmmakers might face when they
attempt to do work that questions government policy from within capitalist culture.
The essay concludes with practical solutions to some of these challenges.
At Risk: The Anatomy of a
Decision - Published in The Search for "Reality," by Michael Wise Productions,
1997. The essay explores the politics, possibilities, and challenges of advocacy
while elaborating upon the complexity of ethical decision making in documentary
it to the Theaters - written with Joanne Doroshow, W. B. Peale and David Kasper. Published
by the Empowerment Project in association with National Video Resources, 1993.
This booklet is a user-friendly guide to theatrical and video self-distribution
of issue-oriented films and videos.
Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror - One chapter in a compilation, edited by Henry james Morello and Sophia A. McClennan and publlished by Purdue University Press. Release date: 2010.
Trent actively tours, screening
her films and lecturing on civic responsibility, censorship, public and foreign
policy, filmmaking and activism. She leads workshops and speaks at festivals that
encourage independent filmmaking and aggressive film distribution. She has been
sponsored to speak at events by the American Film Institute, the International
Documentary Association, International Women in Film, the United Nations Association,
and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Awards and Honors and Special Appearances
- Inaugural John Huston Lecture on Documentary Film; Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills.
- Humanist Arts Award; Boulder Intl. Humanist Institute 2nd Annual Symposium.
1999 - Schmidt Public
Intellectuals Program; featured speaker, Florida Atlantic University, Boca
- Lou Douglas Lecture Series; featured speaker, Kansas State University,
- United Nations Association Film Festival; special retrospective in honor
of Barbara's documentary work.
- Wesley Wallace Visiting Lecturer; UNC at Chapel Hill.
- Raw Footage
- a one hour interview of Barbara Trent by actor Alec Baldwin broadcast several
times per month during the spring on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel.
1997 - Schmidt Eminent
Scholar in Fine and Performing Arts; Super Chair, Florida Atlantic University,
Boca Raton: Nominee.
- The Gaspar Octavio Hernandez Decoration; Sindicato de Periodistas de
Panama (Journalists Union, Panama). The 1st time an award has ever been given
to a non-Panamanian.
- Academy Award; Best Feature Documentary, Academy of Motion Picture Arts
- Humanist Arts Award; "For Courageous Advocacy of Progressive Ideals Through
Video Documentary," American Humanist Association.
- Videomaker of the Year; Videomaker Magazine.
- American Film Institute Fellowship.
1983 - Present: Empowerment
Chapel Hill, NC
of media resource center serving filmmakers and videographers from the region,
the nation and internationally. Producer of outstanding documentary films and
videos which are used as tools for organizing for social change and media reform.
Primary spokesperson, lecturer, and workshop instructor for the organization at
festivals, colleges, and universities around the country and the world.
1996 - 1997: University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill
of Communications, Wesley Wallace Visiting Lecturer; Chapel Hill, NC
Designed and taught a class
on the development, production and distribution of documentaries regarding political
and social issues.
- 83: Freelance Consultant, Organizer, Trainer
various organizing positions, including interim Executive Director, Ocean Park
Community Center; interim Executive Director, Mid-City Neighbors; and Co-organizer,
Pilgrimage for Peace, a caravan of 48 peace activists who traveled to major research
and nuclear weapons facilities enroute to the UN Special Session on Disarmament,
1982 (documented in Bus II, feature-length film by Haskell Wexler).
1978 - 81: Action Agency,
Senior Training Specialist; Chicago, IL
and delivered training for VISTA volunteers and supervisors in 6 states. Appointed
during the Carter administration.
- 81: Rural Creative Workshop
Director; Jackson County, IL
community-based planning, problem solving and cultural expansion programs with
a human service delivery approach for area rural and Black populations. Developed
an extensive arts and recreation program throughout the county. Trained advocates
in small rural and pocket urban Black communities to identify individuals and
families in need of area services in order to plug them into services available
and to assist them in creating new community programs as needed.
1978 - 79: Jackson County
Community Mental Health Center
Developer/Counselor; Jackson County, IL
developer/counselor for the Youth Service Bureau, responsible for implementing
court diversion, prevention and treatment for area youth. Initiated programming
in rural and Black communities.
- 75: Aeon Alternatives, Inc.
in writing a court diversion grant request for the lower 5 county region in Illinois.
Assisted Aeon in developing responsive programs for youth.
Staff; Carbondale, IL
direct service to and trained others in drug and life crisis intervention and
Governors State University, Illinois,
M.A., 1979, B.A., 1975.
Literacy Project, Member of the Advisory Team
- 00: Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting, Board of Directors
Member, Washington, DC
- 00: United Nations Associations Film Festival, Honorary Committee, Stanford,
00: Roy W. Dean Film Grant, Judge, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago
1994 - 00: Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Member at Large
- 00: Empowerment Project Board of Directors, President
- 95: Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, Member
1990 - 92: International
Documentary Association, Board of Directors and Affirmative Action Committee
- 89: ARDIS (Association for Responsible Dissent), Advisory Board, Washington,
DC; Association of former CIA and FBI officers and agents speaking out about abuses
in the name of national security.
- 84: Topanga Organization for Parents and Students, Co-Chair, Topanga,
Illinois White House Council On Families, Chicago
Southern Illinois Peoples Development Corporation
- 79: Makanda Community Development Council, Organizer
- 76: Dept. of Corrections, Group Home Advisory Board, Illinois
1970: Jackson County
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Illinois
International Conference on Human Rights, New Jersey
White House Conference On Youth, Washington D.C.
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