Super Films  is a full-service production company based in Los Angeles California, creating award-winning feature documentaries, narrative film, television and commercial/branded content.

Founded in 2012 by Michael Barnett, we tirelessly pursue the most timely, authentic, and complex stories and aim to inspire, challenge, and captivate.

The Super Films Family

Super Films

Michael Barnett

Director / Founder

Michael Barnett is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker focused on telling human stories of culture and social justice. Michael’s first full-length film, Superheroes (HBO Documentary Films) won over a dozen film festivals, and was nominated for multiple Emmys. Other award winning films include; Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (IFC and Sundance Selects), Becoming Bulletproof (Showtime), winner of over 25 Best Doc/Grand Jury/Audience Award prizes at film festivals around the globe, and The Mars Generation (Netflix Originals), one of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival opening night films and nominated for Best Science and Technology Documentary at the 2018 Emmys. Michael is a worldwide cultural diplomat with the U.S. State Department and the American Film Showcase and is the founder of SuperFilms!, a Los Angeles based production company focused on telling extraordinary stories across all media platforms. Michael’s newest film, Changing the Game, is about transgender high school athletes who challenge the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination. It premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Jess Berry

VP of Production

Jess runs development at SuperFilms! Also a writer, director, producer, and graphic designer Jess’s multi-hyphenate experience brings a unique perspective to her development role at SuperFilms! She previously worked on the creative side of advertising before transitioning to storytelling for entertainment. Her most recent credits include; producing on CHANGING THE GAME (Hulu) and festival-darling, short-film STUCK. As a writer, her personal project, LITTLE JESS, is short-listed for the 2021 Sundance Episodic Writing Lab. Jess is a proud member of EAST SIDE WOMEN’S FILM CLUB and WOMEN IN FILM, where she was a select participant in the 2020 Mentorship Program. Originally from the Midwest, Jess received her BFA at Miami University, Ohio.

Michael Mahaffie

VP Post-production

Michael has been working in the documentary world since 2010 as an editor. Documentaries he has edited have screened multiple times at Sundance, Tribeca, and other film festivals. They have been picked up by Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Hulu, CNN and others. He has edited multiple feature documentaries for SuperFilms! including “The Mars Generation” and “Changing The Game” as well as many of SuperFilms! commercial work. While away from his home at Superfilms, he has edited feature documentaries and series for Lightbox, Imagine Documentaries, and Library Films including “Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine”, “Holy Hell”, “My Sister Liv”, and others to be announced.

Super Films Collaborators

Clare Tucker

Clare Tucker is an Emmy® Award-nominated film and television producer. Her most recent documentary film, CHANGING THE GAME premiered as a Hulu Original Summer 2021. The film champions transgender high-school athletes’ participation in sports and their families that uplift them (Tribeca Film Festival). Additional films include; THE MARS GENERATION (Netflix Documentary Original/Sundance), 2018 Best Science & Technology Documentary Emmy® nominee, ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW (Discovery), a documentary that takes an informative and engaging look at how NASA has not only reached out into our solar system since 1958, but has also revealed the changing state of our home planet, RHAPSODY IN BLACK, about a Los Angeles Radio DJ who transports his audience back in time to explore historic Black Los Angeles through music, and 605 ADULTS 304 CHILDREN, an immersive and intimate short documentary filmed entirely by The Peoples Temple In Jonestown. In addition to her work as a producer, Clare travels the world extensively as a cultural diplomat with the U.S. State Department and the American Film Showcase.

Chris Westlund

Chris is an avid traveler, Land Cruiser enthusiast, and Dodger fan among other things. As a Cinematographer and Camera Operator of over 11 years, he has shot for global brands alongside award-winning directors and agencies. Visual storytelling is indeed ingrained and naturally has formed a fascination with nuances of cinema cameras and lenses. He has been a part of the Freestyle team since 2015.

Turner Jumonville

Raised in Houston, Texas, Turner’s filmmaking journey began in 1985 with a few friends & a JVC GR-C1… the same video camera Marty McFly time-travelled with.

Upon graduation from the University of Denver in 1996, Turner moved to Los Angeles where his practical film school began. While working as a PA on his 1st network show, Turner expressed interest in cinematography & was encouraged by the DP, Lowell Peterson, ASC, to pursue AC-ing as a way to get on set & learn more about cinematography.

Following this advice, Turner spent 5 years as a film loader & camera assistant & was fortunate to work with & learn from cinematographers Kent L. Wakeford & Daniel Pearl, ASC, during this time.

Turner shoots documentary & narrative features, lifestyle & commercial content, music videos & is currently shooting his 1st network show. His work has premiered on Hulu, at The Sundance Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival, AFI DOCS Film Festival & Hot Docs Film Festival. He has shot commercials & branded content for Toyota, AirBnB, Logitech, and M&Ms. He won an Emmy Award for his contribution to the 2014 Disney Christmas Day Parade. Turner is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 & The International Colorist Academy.

Alex Schmider

One of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Media, Alex Schmider is an award-winning film producer and the Associate Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization. He advises media and entertainment industry leaders, and consults with production companies, editorial teams, brands, and corporations on how best to approach LGB and, specifically, transgender characters, storylines, marketing, social impact campaigns, and gender inclusion on digital platforms. He is a producer of the award-winning Hulu Original Documentary Changing the Game (2021) and Peabody Award honored Netflix Original Documentary Disclosure (2020).

Russell Sanzgiri

Russell Sanzgiri is known for producing short form projects such as FRAGILE.COM for AT&T Hello Lab’s Mentorship Program executive produced by Lena Waithe and the horror film, SWIPED TO DEATH, for Hulu and the Sundance Institute. Russell produced Netflix’s critically acclaimed comedy special MICHAEL BOLTON’S BIG SEXY VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL with SNL’s The Lonely Island and Comedy Bang Bang. Russell began his career assisting Spike Jonze’s producing partner on the critically-acclaimed feature film WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and short films such as I’M HERE, starring Andrew Garfield, HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP, featuring the voices of Meryl Streep and Forrest Whittaker, and the band Arcade Fire’s short film SCENES FROM THE SUBURBS. Most recently, Sanzgiri served as an Executive Producer on the award-winning Hulu-Original documentary feature film CHANGING THE GAME

Austin Francalancia

Austin Francalancia is a two-time Emmy-nominated producer and former film executive where he oversaw the acquisition and production of films such as “Chef”, “Nightcrawler”, and Academy Award-winner, “Spotlight.” He has produced projects such as Netflix and Time Inc.’s Emmy-nominated “The Mars Generation”, 1091 Pictures’ “11-8-16”, UFC’s Emmy-nominated “25 Years in Short”, Hulu’s “Changing the Game” and Amazon’s Academy Award-nominated “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”.

Jenn Roman

Jenn Roman is a writer and producer in Los Angeles. Like any good millennial Jenn got her start doing comedy and producing online content before moving into podcasts and documentaries. She started with SuperFilms! during Changing the Game as a co-producer.

Recently Jenn was the production coordinator on the Netflix series Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror directed by Brian Knappenberger. Currently Jenn works with Blue Duck Media on podcasts for Wondery, Just Women’s Sports, and iHeartMedia. Yes, she would love to hear about your favorite podcast and promises to add it to the ever growing list of things to listen to.

Amanda Griffin

Amanda Griffin, a film editor based in Los Angeles, has edited multiple award winning feature films. Her narrative credits include Animals (2014), A Light Beneath Their Feet (2015), American Fable (2016), All Creatures Here Below (2017), Solace (2018), and Die in a Gunfight (2021). Her documentary credits include Jawline (2019), and Changing the Game (2019).