Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Barry stumbled into filmmaking while working at a Blockbuster Video and helping a co-worker with her student film. The decision was immediate (it didn’t hurt that he hated his accounting classes). He switched majors, got an internship at the local NBC Affiliate that eventually turned into his first paying job.
Within six months of graduating, he got his first job on a movie. “A Family Thing” had come to town. Technically, it was ANOTHER free internship but once again it soon turned into another paying job. Three more movies followed that, “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “The Rainmaker” and “The Road to Graceland”. Fortunately, no one asked him to work for free.
With four movies under his belt, it was time to leave Memphis and head west. After a year of working in the office of a prominent management company, Barry yearned to get back into production, and moved on to work as a transportation dispatcher on such shows as “8mm”, “Stigmata”, “Lost Souls” and “Charlie’s Angels”.
It was at that point that an old friend from “The Road to Graceland” offered him a job in the production office of “Scream 3”. Since that time, he has continued to build a career in both film and television; “The Sweetest Thing”, “Identity” and “Cursed” (among others). Eventually working as a production coordinator on “The Break-Up”, “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Losers” (2nd Unit).
In between these films, he has also worked in the world of reality television, where he has production managed American’s Next Top Model, MTV’s The Phone, BET’s Born to Dance as well as numerous other television shows and pilots, all with a wide range of budgets.
Despite all of this work, he has continued to produce a myriad of short films with his friends and fellow filmmakers. The internet hit “Coming Through” and the award nominated “seeing” with Writer/Director Tony Bloodworth; the award winning short film “April” with writer/director Mike Piccirillo; and “The Third Rule” with director Aundre Johnson and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore and Josh Hutcherson.
He’s even tried his hand at writing and directing on a few occasions and enjoyed every moment of the process. With “Strapped,” Barry serves as lead producer as well as director on two episodes and writer on one. He’s hoping for more creative opportunities to come. A paycheck to go with those opportunities wouldn’t be so bad either.
His mother was the manager of a two-screen movie theatre in Chester, New Jersey. Mike would often tag-along and pass the time by sitting in the auditoriums and watching movies all day long.
The owner of the theatre, Mike’s uncle, soon put him to work. At age twelve he was selling tickets, popcorn and candy to the theatre patrons, and at age fifteen he was running the massive film projectors.
Continuing to work in movie houses through high school and college, Mike relocated to Bowling Green State University in Ohio to pursue his passion for film where he received his BA in Film Studies.
Upon graduating, Mike packed his bags and moved to Hollywood.
Starting out as a Production Assistant, Mike broke into the business working on-set on the horror film WES CRAVEN’S WISHMASTER and the Oscar-winning film AMERICAN BEAUTY.
Mike then transitioned into the Production side of filmmaking as a Production Assistant on such high-profile films as DR. DOLITTLE, RUSH HOUR, BOWFINGER, THE SCORPION KING and HULK.
Deciding to shift into a more creatively rewarding role, Mike moved into the Art Department as an assistant on ROCK STAR and THE PRINCESS DIARIES.
Mike continued his career in the Art Department as he became a member of IATSE as an Art Department Coordinator working on the hit feature films S.W.A.T., JUST LIKE HEAVEN, SMOKIN’ ACES and BLADES OF GLORY. Mike also diversified his experience by working on commercials (HSBC Bank and HONDA), television (LAS VEGAS) and music videos (LIMP by Fiona Apple).
Mike continues to successfully work as an Art Department Coordinator on many high-profile film projects. In the past few years he’s worked on CLOVERFIELD, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, the 2010 remake of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and TRON: LEGACY. His latest film, OBLIVION, starring Tom Cruise, is set to hit theatres in the Summer of 2013.
Recently, with over forty film and television projects under his belt, Mike decided to pursue an education to work toward his life long goal of becoming a film director. In 2008, Mike enrolled in UCLA Extension’s Film Directing Certificate program. While continuing to work in the industry during the day, Mike would hone his craft in night classes.
In the Summer of 2010, the short film APRIL was his final thesis project and calling card into his new profession. He graduated from the Certificate Program “with distinction” for his outstanding GPA.
“APRIL” went on to win Best Comedy awards at the AOF Film Festival, Mockfest of Hollywood as well as to be an Official Selection at the prestigious San Diego Comic-Con Film Festival and numerous other festivals.
He currently resides in Woodland Hills, California with his wife Wendi.
Tony likes long walks on the beach, reading Nicholas Sparks by the moonlight, and cooking breakfast for two. He also enjoys Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain and making love at midnight in the dunes on the Cape. If this sounds interesting to you, then you should meet him tomorrow at noon at a bar called O’Malley’s and plan your escape.
Turn Ons: Pantsuits, bleached anal cavities, and the color peach (but not the fruit)
Turn Offs: Puppies, unbleached anal cavities, and Chazz Palminteri
Favorite Music: Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, and Three Six Mafia
Favorite Movies: The Room, The Rock and The 400 Blows