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Take a Long Strange Trip with the Grateful Dead, guided by Bar-Lev's deft hand, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

"One of the greatest rock docs ever made."

- Los Angeles Times

"Tells the story beautifully, organically, and, by the end, tenderly."

Boston Globe

"The brilliance of Long Strange Trip is that Bar-Lev allows for multiple interpretations."

AV Club

      "Bar-Lev is a gifted and intuitive documentarian."

           - GQ


"There has to be a moral dimension to a story. I love ambiguity, but I don't like when people mistake aspiring for ambiguity with the notion of not having a point of view.

I think stories should have a point of view, and really a moral dimension."

- Amir Bar-Lev, The Drum

A Few Trailers.

The Tillman Story.

"The Tillman Story is ferocious filmmaking, but it wouldn't have half the force it does if the director didn't also get at the complicated man Pat Tillman was."


Happy Valley.

"Mesmerizing; a devastating portrait of a community-and, by extension, a nation-put under a spell, even reduced to grateful infantilism, by the game of football."

- The New Yorker

My Kid Could Paint That.

"A fascinating subject handled with intelligently provocative care."

- Variety


When Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast in 2012, the world didn't just sit down. In just 8 weeks, a team of producers organized 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, a benefit bringing together the biggest names in music and art at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Amir takes us behind the scenes of this evening, capturing performances from the most lauded names in music and entertainment.


Amir Bar-Lev is the acclaimed documentary director of Happy Valley;  12.12.12: The Concert for Sandy Relief;  Re:Generation;  The Tillman Story ; and My Kid Could Paint That;  which have collectively garnered him some of the film industry’s highest honors and widespread critical praise. He also served as co-producer on the Academy Award Nominated Documentary Trouble the Water.

Amir’s branded film Re:Generation, featuring collaborations by artists such as Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Skrillex, and Mark Ronson, was awarded a Bronze Lion at Cannes.

His film 12.12.12, with Executive Producer Paul McCartney, documents the Hurricane Sandy relief concert featuring performances by The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen.
Amir’s film Happy Valley is a feature documentary exploring the identity crisis of State College in the wake of the Penn State Scandal.
Amir’s firm grasp on popular culture, coupled with his synthesis of heightened reality and documentary storytelling makes him a compelling commercial director.

Bar-Lev has done multiple commercial pieces for 72andSunny, and his Call of Duty: Endowment PSA was named one of the Best Spots of 2014 by Fast Company.

Amir's acclaimed Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, made its' world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired by Amazon and is now streaming on Amazon Prime.