Salvaged Lives was Barbara Leibovitz Hellman's feature-length documentary film debut and was in the top 15 for the Academy Award nominations. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Roy Webster Dean Award, Bronze Apple Award and was shown at film festivals worldwide. In addition to premiering on Discovery, the film was also optioned by Warner Bros. Barbara was honored to receive the first Robert Townsend “Tenacity” Award. She continued to direct, write and produce many more commercial and critically acclaimed documentaries for Discovery, National Geographic, CNN, TBS, Discovery Health and PBS.
Along with her partner Jaime Hellman, they created Ranoah Productions and had a long list of productions. The FBI was a National Geographic/PBS Special (highlights included a ride-along with FBI Director Mueller as he met with President Bush in the Oval Office). Barbara directed The Love Lab, Quantico: The Making of an FBI Agent, Swiftwater Rescue, L.A. Lifeguards, Kids Under Pressure and Annie Leibovitz: Life through a Lens for American Masters/PBS.
She recently directed and produced many short form videos for Disney, UBS, Moncler, Vanity Fair, Vogue, plus more. Call Me Caitlyn for Vanity Fair won a Webby Award.
Barbara and Jaime Hellman will partner again with their new nonfiction company Eleven Five Productions.http://movingimageprojects.com/index.html