A native of Kentucky, veteran documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Barret has pursued an abiding interest in the history, culture, and people of Appalachia. She works as a community-based artist with Appalshop, the award winning media arts center. In her films Quilting Women (1976), Hand-Carved (1980), Coalmining Women (1982), and Long Journey Home (1987), Appalachians tell their own stories. These films have screened at film festivals worldwide and been televised nationally in the U.S. and in Europe.
Barret is a recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council's Al Smith Fellowship, a NEA Southeast Media Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship. Stranger With a Camera premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.