Zachary Barr

Zachary Barr is a longtime storyteller who has worked in print, audio and documentary film. Early in his career, he worked for StoryCorps, a national project to record stories of everyday people. He also compiled a series of stories about the families of American military personnel killed in Iraq, which later became a book, Never Coming Home. His reporting has been featured on NPR, Slate, Marketplace, MSNBC, MediaStorm and in The New York Times. His career in film began with a trip to Mount Everest that resulted in the multiple-award-winning film High Tension. Showdown at Horseshoe Hell (Mountainfilm 2016) documents the wildest event in the climbing world. Together with Sender Films, Barr helped to direct the humorous profile of two of climbing’s young stars, Matt Segal and Will Stanhope, in the film Boys in the Bugs (Mountainfilm 2017). He is also the co-director of Up to Speed and Age of Ondra (Mountainfilm 2019), Reel Rock 15: Black Ice and Reel Rock 15: Action Directe (Mountainfilm 2021) and most recently co-directed Reel Rock 16: Cenote (Mountainfilm 2022). He now shares his love of climbing with his two sons, who insist on bringing plenty of books and crackers to the crag.