SuperFilms! is a full-service production company creating award-winning feature documentaries, narrative film, television and commercial/branded content.

SuperFilms! was founded in 2012 by Michael Barnett and is located in Los Angeles, California.

THE SUPERFILMS! TEAM

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Michael Barnett

Director / Founder

MICHAEL BARNETT

Director / Founder

Michael Barnett is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker with a history of telling incredibly inspiring, inquisitive and captivating stories. Michael has also traveled the world shooting commercials, music videos, promos and directed 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 – and winner of over a dozen film festivals – was distributed 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 partnered with Morgan Spurlock and directed "Becoming Bulletproof", an intimate story of a group of filmmakers living with disability and winner of over 25 Best Doc/Grand Jury/Audience Award prizes at film festivals around the globe. "Becoming Bulletproof" was chosen by the US State Department to screen in countries worldwide as part of the cultural diplomacy outreach program called The American Film Showcase. “Becoming Bulletproof” premiered on Showtime in the spring of 2016. Michael has partnered with Time Inc. and Netflix Originals for his next film "The Mars Generation" an in depth documentary film about the politics, philosophy and technology of our space industry. The Mars Generation premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as one of the opening night films and will be released in the spring of 2017 as a Netflix Original Documentary.

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Clare Tucker

Head of Production

Clare Tucker

Head of Production

Clare Tucker is a film and television producer best known for her work on “Built To Fail”, "Bruno", "Last Comic Standing", "The Eric Andre Show” and "The Mars Generation"; a feature documentary about aspiring teenage astronauts that follows the science, politics and philosophy of mankind's future journey to Mars. The film had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and is available on Netflix as a Netflix Original Film. Most recently she produced “Above & Beyond: NASA’s Journey To Tomorrow” a feature documentary film scheduled to premiere on The Discovery Channel in 2018.

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Austin Francalancia

Head of Development

AUSTIN FRANCALANCIA

Head of Development

Austin Francalancia is an independent producer and a former film executive of Open Road Films, where he oversaw the acquisition and production of films such as "Chef," "Side Effects," "Nightcrawler," and Academy-Award winner, "Spotlight." Prior to Open Road Films, he worked in physical production and development on HBO’s "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," "Django Unchained" and "The Dark Knight Rises." He created and produced Netflix and Time Inc.’s “The Mars Generation” which premiered at Sundance and will air on Netflix May 5, 2017. He also produced the Ohio segment in The Orchard’s “11-8-16,” which covered the 2016 presidential election from the perspective of more than 40 filmmakers.

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Michael Mahaffie

Head of Post

MICHAEL MAHAFFIE

Head of Post

Michael has been working in the documentary world since 2010. He worked on the edit team of "Superheroes," "Fame High," & "Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia." In 2015, he was an Associate Producer on "Becoming Bulletproof." Michael also helped edit "Holy Hell," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. He has been a Documentary Programmer at the Slamdance Film Festival since 2014.

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Jess Berry

Office Manager

JESS BERRY

Office Manager

Jess is the office and social media manager at SuperFilms! She has an extensive background in advertising, where she worked on global and national campaigns for various Proctor & Gamble brands, Coke, Diet Coke, and Target among others.

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