BECOMING BULLETPROOF documents the making of an original Western film called Bulletproof.
Bulletproof features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year at Zeno Mountain Farm (ZMF) to write, produce, and star in original short films. Founded by two brothers and their wives, Zeno Mountain Farm's philosophy is to create a truly inclusive community that builds genuine friendships that transcend stigma and stereotypes. For them, their films aren't about making a statement; “It’s all about making awesome movies.”
Inside the whirlwind filmmaking process of mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and grappling with high expectations, “Becoming Bulletproof” chronicles the genesis of a riveting film and a personally and socially transformative experience. The film captures the essence of artistic expression through vibrant human bonds and powerful insights. As one of the actors says: “I do not want pity because I have a disability, I just want to be understood. I want disability to have a seat at the table in pop culture.”
Saturday - February 25 @ 6PM - The Woodlands United Methodist Church Harvest
Sunday - February 26 @ 4:00PM - Cinemark Market Stree, Auditorium 5
As told by Director Michael Barnett and Producer Theodore James.
Several years ago director Michael Barnett attended an unusual film premiere in Hollywood at the invitation of an old friend. What he experienced was more than just another film; it was a profoundly moving experience that led him to volunteer with his old friend’s organization. The organization, Zeno Mountain Farm, runs annual filmmaking camps that include actors living with disability. Quietly radical, and altering all perception of disability, Zeno’s projects inspired Michael to make his own film, BECOMING BULLETPROOF to honor and capture the spirit of Zeno he had witnessed firsthand as a volunteer.
After attending a Zeno Mountain Farm film premiere, Michael quickly found himself at Zeno asking many questions of the Halbys (co-founders of Zeno Mountain Farm). With every answer came more questions. As his fascination grew, he asked them if they would like to share their story and allow him to make a film. There was not an immediate yes to this question. The work that happens at Zeno is incredibly personal, and there was apprehension and concern that my coming in with cameras would alter the fragile chemistry that has existed for many years – but they didn’t say no. After gaining trust, comfort, and communicating over the next year we decided that it was time to share their extraordinary story.
We started shooting in the spring of 2012 and wrapped filming in the summer of 2014. Making a film is difficult enough as it is. But, trying to make a film about the making of a film is incredibly difficult. We shot over 300 hours of footage. There were so many story lines and so many characters. We tried to cover everything so we had as many options as possible going into post.