Michael Barnett

Barnett-HeadshotMichael Barnett is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker with a history of telling incredibly timely and uplifting stories. Michael utilizes his ability to add humor to even the toughest subject matters while still remaining objective. Michael has also traveled the world shooting commercials, music videos, promos and television for HBO, Nat Geo, Discovery, BBC – just to name a few – and has lent his creative eye to over twenty feature films and documentaries. Michael’s first full length film, the Emmy nominated documentary “Superheroes” – a chronicle of the real life super hero community – was a breakout hit at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival where it won the first ever “Theatrical Release Award.” “Superheroes” was quickly bought by HBO Documentary Films and premiered in the summer of 2011. In 2012, Michael created the production company SuperFilms! and immediately went into production on “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,” a documentary about the last lion of American liberalism. The film premiered at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival to rave reviews and was released theatrically by IFC and Sundance Selects. In 2015 Michael directed “Becoming Bulletproof”, an intimate story of a group of filmmakers living with disability and winner of over 18 Best Doc/Grand Jury/Audience Award prizes at film festivals across the nation. “Becoming Bulletproof” was chosen by the US State Department to screen in over 40 countries worldwide as part of the cultural diplomacy outreach program called The American Film Showcase. Michael has partnered with Time Inc. for his next film, “The Mars Generation”, a documentary film about the future of space exploration.

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