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.

Flint: The Poisoning of an American City gives voice to the current struggle of 100,000 residents in the city of Flint who are finding a way forward through the tragedy and disaster of lead poisoning. The film follows the environmental history of Flint and the car industry and how the continued abuse of the river and post-industrial neglect of city infrastructure and environmental regulations have led to the poisoning of families and communities. Lead poisoning stays with victims for the rest of their lives and Flint, as a city and a community, must find a way to survive and collectively mitigate the effects of lead, and live into this unknown reality. The film explores the critical question of, how could this happen in an American city? And, what makes it possible for some to have access to clean water while others are completely marginalized, ignored and facing lifelong disability? Many residents in Flint feel that their voices were taken away which led to many disastrous decisions being made by those in power. The film will also focus on how Flint is a warning sign for other post-industrial communities across the United States who will be confronting industrial contamination and pollution of their own water sources and environment. A recent report found that 5,300 American cities were found to be in violation of federal lead rules, and USA Today detected excessive lead in nearly 2,000 public water systems across all 50 states. Flint is a call for every community to look at their own neighborhoods and cities and collectively confront these issues.
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