Barry Freeman — Film Ratings Consultant
Barry Freeman knows the film ratings business. As a consultant, guest speaker and father, he has witnessed filmmakers, film students and film goers question so much about the system:
What is the language rule for F-bombs? Are there exceptions?
Can nudity be shown in PG-13? Can intercourse ever fit into a PG-13?
How much is too much violence? What about blood, brutality & graphics?
When is smoking a ratings element? Can it be rated R?
What's the ratings deal with drug use? Is pot smoking rated the same as heroin use?
What does "theme" cover? How is it rated?
Barry rated over 8,000 movies while serving on the Classification and Rating Administration at the MPAA. He began consulting because he is passionate about helping producers and directors maneuver through the ratings approval process. Whether that be during on-location shooting, post-production, or for MPAA submissions, Barry is there to take away the guesswork.
Barry will advise and partner with filmmakers to provide a one-stop solution for all ratings issues. Results include cost and time savings, less aggravation, and in some cases, more of the director’s vision will remain in the film.
Prior to working on the MPAA Board, Barry was on the executive teams of two Los Angeles tech companies. Barry enjoys speaking at the top national film schools to meet the filmmakers of tomorrow and hear about their vision. He shares their enthusiasm for the industry.
In his spare time, Barry enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children. He serves on the Board of Directors for "You're With Us" which creates inclusion opportunities for young adults with disabilities. Barry is training for his first 50K trail race with the New Basin Blues running club, and as a native Bostonian, he is a "wicked" big Sox, Pats & Celts fan.