Barnhart Films

Barnhart Films is committed to Story as a means to give voice to narratives that have not been heard and enable community engagement on relevant and timely issues.


Barnhart Films has produced award-winning documentaries on issues such as immigration, gun violence and refugees that have been broadcast on ABC & NBC, screened at film festivals & universities and used as resources for community organizing and engagement across the country.

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Photography is a form of meditation and being fully-present in that moment. You have to be open to see, hear and anticipate what is in front of you and frame that light and moment that is unfolding.

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Currently in Production

Flint: The Poisoning of An American City from Sabotage Film Group on Vimeo.

100,000 people have been poisoned by lead, a lifelong affliction, yet somehow this shocking event has been normalized in the US. "Flint: The Poisoning of an American City" gives voice to the current struggle of city residents and follows the environmental history of the river and how the continued abuse and neglect of city infrastructure and environmental regulations have led to the poisoning of a city. Flint explores the critical question of how this could happen in America, and how this event should serve as a warning for the rest of the country. A recent report found that 5,300 American cities were found to be in violation of federal lead rules, and research published in USA Today detected excessive lead in nearly 2,000 public water systems across all 50 states. This documentary educates but also enrages and seeks to radically change how we view and value water.
The Everyday Epidemic story series focuses on the courageous efforts of a wide spectrum of individuals, communities and non-profits who are responding to the epidemic of gun violence in their own communities and context. The series will profile a wide scope of voices as they, from their own nuanced perspectives, articulate an alternative vision for "how things can be" in response to gun violence and are currently acting on that new vision. Through the words and stories of these innovative leaders and groups, this new series will inspire communities to speak up and be moved to engage. With over 31,000 people killed every year and more than 100,000 injured, we, as a civil society, have reached a tipping point where the silent majority must speak and act.
Black Panther book cover

A story series that will be a resource and catalyst for conversations around race and racism and the movement toward change.

Featuring animation by the comic artist who created the Black Panther, Brian Stelfreeze