Michael W. Barnard has been making films, artworks, and music for most of his life. He has published poetry, essays and other writings in a variety of books and journals including most recently an essay in the McGraw-Hill book “Wisdom of the East-Stories of Compassion, Inspiration and Love” He has produced and directed numerous productions, including the feature-length documentaries “Secrets of the Sun – Journey Into the Fire”, the long-term documentary “Bringing the Light” about the 15 year design and build journey of the of the I.M. Pei-designed Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, as well as the independent feature (“90404 Changing” – aka “SantaMonica 90404”), and currently in production -“Elemental Light:Paul Harryn”, a feature-length documentary about the Pennsylvania based artist and musician Paul Harryn.
Barnard was born in Hollywood, California, and then grew up in Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his career in art and film during his teenage years and received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland (1967), and an MFA from Ft. Wright College in Spokane, Washington (1969), where he taught as a painting and drawing Instructor. His works are included in numerous private collections nationwide. He most recently had one-person shows at the The Rose Cafe in Venice, CA, R Street Gallery in Washingon D.C. 2009, Artspace Gallery, Santa Monica – 2001, Platform 9, Santa Monica in January 2002, the Highways Gallery in Santa Monica in February 2002 , and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Fall of 2003.
His diverse array of film works include a series of experimental “FieldFilms” in the 1960’s and early 70’s,(shown at Millenium in New York and many other experimental film venues around the U.S.), a series of educational films for an international non-profit organization during the 70’s, and since coming to Los Angeles in 1978, a wide variety of films ranging from the Greenpeace documentary film “Voyage of the Peacock” , to the features “Nights In White Satin” (Director), “Against The Wind” (Writer), “The Invisible Kid” (Director of Photography), and “Cries of Silence” (Co-Producer/Director of Photography) “, and award-winning feature length documentary “Chihuly River of Glass” (Producer/Director/DP/Editor). He has made numerous films in many parts if the world.
He occasionally gives public performances of his original guitar music and released a CD (“9 Rainbow Field”) in 1998. A second CD of his guitar music (“FieldMusic”) was released in 2009. Both are available via iTunes under the artist name of Michael Walker Barnard.
BoltPIX Studios has been in existence since 1979 and produces features, commercials, documentaries, music videos, corporate films as well as Title/FX/Graphics sequences and fine art.