Barry Simmons

Barry Simmons is an award-winning director known for his distinctive approach to capturing unscripted performances from real subjects. Barry began his career as a local television reporter, where he learned the art of interviewing, the discipline of hitting deadlines, and the importance of comfortable shoes. His work earned him nine Emmys, along with fellowships to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, both in Washington, D.C.


In 2008, Barry founded Stonecastle, which brought together his passions for documentary filmmaking and commercial advertising. Today, his creative team of filmmakers and strategists work across a spectrum of industries, from healthcare to education to technology to international aid.

Barry has created work for the Gates Foundation, PBS, Vanderbilt Health, TVA, and United Way. His first documentary, Sons of Lwala, won recognition at film festivals around the world and aired on PBS. As a commercial director, he’s also received Emmys, ADDYs, and a number of industry-related awards.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Barry is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism. Career highlights include Thanksgiving dinner with Bruce Springsteen. Career lows include getting arrested at gunpoint with his production team while on assignment in Kenya.