AS A FORMALLY trained musician and photographer, Collier Landry segued into filmmaking as a means to creatively express and deal with his own traumatic story - that of the murder of his mother when he was 11 years old by his father - and to give a narrative voice to others in similar circumstances.
Subsequently, Collier is the co-creator and subject of A Murder in Mansfield, a documentary directed by two-time Academy Award Winner, Barbara Kopple. Having played in over 50 film festivals world wide, the film examines the consequences of violence and secondary trauma and its ramifications on the ancillary victims and his hometown community of Mansfield, Ohio. The film debuted on Investigation Discovery in November 2018.
Collier, who heard the murder and was the chief witness for the prosecution, returns to Ohio seeking to retrace his past and confront his father, who remains incarcerated and in denial of his guilt. The film explores not only the collateral damage of violence and its traumatic repercussions, but the beauty of human strength and resilience through seemingly insurmountable odds.
When not he is not behind the camera, Collier travels as a sought after keynote speaker. His strong, passionate message of human resilience, hope and personal triumph over adversity has inspired audiences across the globe. Collier has been featured in Variety, The New York Times, Esquire, USA Today, is a TED Speaker and was a recent guest on the Dr. Phil show.
Collier is a member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild and also has a penchant for Chihuahuas and Motorcycles. He resides in Los Angeles. CA.