Barton Lewis makes films that invite the viewer to find beauty, magic, mystery and wonder in the marginal, mundane, and overlooked, treating perception as an aesthetic experience. His subject matter historically has been natural light and the urban industrial landscape in states of opulent decay. More recently, he has focused on everyday phenomena, visual and aural, that form the fabric of City life.
Barton was born into a family of artists and teachers in Urbana, Illinois, and graduated high school from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He attended The Juilliard School, where he majored in music composition, and has a B.A. in English literature from Columbia University.
Barton briefly pursued a career in musical theater after college, but devoted himself to filmmaking full-time in the 1990s. He has had public showings of his work in New York City, Paris, Szczecin, Poland, and Portland, Oregon.