John Barry left home in 1989 to attend college in the US. In 1992 he graduated from
the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelor's degree summa cum laude in
Mass Media Studies. Two years later he received his Master's degree in Communication Arts
from the New York Institute of Technology. He spent the next four years in the corporate
video world, working in the Multimedia Services Department of the Practising Law Institute in
New York City. From there he moved on to Bloomberg Television and the world of live TV. He worked there as a director.
In 1996 he donned the cap of independent writer/producer/director, combining his training and experience with his general knowledge and understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean. He ventured off on his own briefly to work on his first documentary, the highly acclaimed Dance De Calypso which has enjoyed extensive airplay both in Trinidad and Tobago and the United States. This production was also featured in the 2005 edition of the Washington DC
Caribbean Film Festival and the recently introduced Caribbean Showcase in Hyde Park, London,
John returned home in 2000 and set up his production company Python Productions Ltd. He
continues to work, both independently and in collaboration with other production partners on
various projects. His mission is to produce a body of quality work covering a wide range of
topics relating to the T&T and Caribbean cultures, providing both entertainment and the basis
of serious research.
His recently published book The Finalists: A Graphical Look Back At Trinidad & Tobago's Calypso
and Soca Monarch Finals looks back throughout the span of both the National Calypso and
International Soca Monarch finals.
John served as a judge for both the 2006 and 2007 editions of the International Groovy Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad and Tobago.