Gerald K. Barclay professionally known as Gee-Bee is a veteran music video director, producer, writer, cinematographer and editor. His story begins after fleeing the devastating civil war in his native Liberia. He settled in New York City and graduated with a Communications degree from City University of New York. He gained early filmmaking experience in the early nineties on Abel Ferrara’s “King Of New York”, Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” before enrolling into a mentorship under Emmy winning filmmaker Tony Lover at Liberty Studios. He then formed his own production company Gee-Bee Productions and went on to helmed over a hundred music video clips for artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Master P., Snoop Dogg, Bounty Killa, Mystikal, Pig Pun , Ill & Al Skratch and The Gap Band.
Always one to reinvent himself, he sought new challenges, making a jump to the world of feature films. His first film, BLOODY STREETZ (originally entitled BLOODY CRISIS), was completed for a budget under a hundred thousand dollars and saw Gee-Bee take on the multiple hats of director, writer, producer, editor… even promoter. The gritty urban thriller won critical praise and a Vision Award at the 2002 Pan African Film Festival and was released through Artisan Home Entertainment.
In 2001, Gee-Bee returned to his African roots and produced & directed another visionary and critically acclaimed feature length documentary, “LIBERIA: THE LOVE OF LIBERTY BROUGHT US HERE”, A touching and powerfully emotional documentary on the tragic aftermath of the Liberian civil war.
His most recent works, “Wu: the Story Of The Wu-tang Clan”, is a thirteen-year intimate portrayal of the Wu-Tang Clan chronicling the rise and fall of one of hip-hop’s most notorious groups and “Killa Hill, a timely and relevant message, delving into the mindset and conditions resulting from the drug epidemic and violence that plague a Staten Island neighborhood.
In February of 2011 Gee-Bee’s work was highlighted in a Black History Month exhibit entitled “Portraits In Leadership”. Next, Gee-Bee is poised his next feature film entitled “Bulletproof Soul’ and the sequel to “The Love Of Liberty”, which follows the nation of Liberia as it rebuilds. See more at: nyhumanities.org/events/event.php?event_id=4187