This intimate story takes us into the lives of three high school athletes from across the US – all at different stages of their athletic seasons, each sharing their lives as transgender teens.
Our main character, Mack Beggs, made headlines last year when he became the Texas State Champion in girls wrestling – as a boy. Fighting Texas State policy and drawing international media coverage, he was heralded as a hero by some while receiving hate and threats from others. The tumultuous press surrounding his success continues to pull Mack in multiple directions as he and his family navigate the media and this year’s State wrestling tournament, all while trying to graduate high school.
Each story is led by the brave and individual voices of these students, allowing extremely personal and vulnerable access into their journeys. These courageous kids offer us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes – and share their struggles and successes along the way.
Director: Michael Barnett Producer: Clare Tucker Executive Prodcuer: Alex Schmider
The Mars Generation examines the science, politics and philosophy of mankind's future journey to Mars. The story unfolds through the eyes of the teens who will be the next pioneers in space as well as the vanguards pushing the limits of space exploration. The film reveals that Mars is closer than you think.
The Mars Generation was chosen as one of the opening night films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be premiering in the spring of 2017 on Netflix as a Netflix Original.
A Netflix Original Documentary Director: Michael Barnett Producers: Austin Francalancia & Clare Tucker
Becoming Bulletproof is an intimate documentary that features a group of filmmakers living with disabilities who gather every year to write, produce, and act in an original film. Becoming Bulletproof chronicles the magical filmmaking process as a transformative experience with the power to change perception about what equality and inclusion truly mean.
A Showtime Original Documentary Director: Michael Barnett Producer: Theodore James
Superheroes is an unvarnished tale of courage and compassion, where fantasy and reality collide on some of the meanest streets in North America. This awe-inspiring documentary unmasks the true life stories behind these costumed avengers as they confront not just drug dealers, muggers and slumlords but also the most dangerous offender of all – apathy. Funny, heartwarming and at times painfully intimate, Superheroes will refresh and provoke as it casts light on an unsung movement and celebrates the spirit of altruism.
Superheroes had multiple Emmy Nominations, won over a dozen film festivals and was distributed by HBO Documentary Films.
A HBO Documentary Film Director: Michael Barnett Producer: Theodore James
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is a look into the fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia premiered to rave reviews at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival with Robert De Niro calling it, “the best film at the festival”. It was theatrically distributed by IFC and Sundance Selects and was one of the top grossing documentaries of the year.
Theatrical Distribution: IFC and Sundance Selects Director: Nicholas Wrathall Producer: Theodore James Executive Producer: Michael Barnett