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Barmy is a heartfelt romantic drama about Charlie, a newspaper cartoonist, and Amy his home healthcare nurse.


Charlie Atwood (Napoleon Ryan) is the creator of 'Barmy,' a newspaper comic with dwindling readership about the necessity of self-reliance. Severely injured in a car-bicycle collision, Charlie is forced to face his worst fear: the complete loss of independence. Amy Murray (Sherill Turner) has her hands full as the home health care nurse assigned to Charlie. Confined to a full-leg cast and virtually immobile, Charlie must reevaluate his thought process and direction of the cartoon, while struggling with a growing fondness for Amy.

What We Need:

We've completely filmed and edited Barmy, but need your help so that Barmy can be shown to audiences.  We need funding to submit to both U.S. and international film festivals around the world.  We also need funding so that we can create a final digital print of the film for projection.  Without this print, we can't show Barmy within a theater.

Every $100 above and beyond our goal will allow us to submit to an additional festival which helps Barmy tremendously.

Director's Statement:

I am passionate about telling great stories, and this is a story that's very close to my heart. I find that it's all too easy to get caught up in the ideal of being self-reliant. By trying to live at this standard as productive "individuals," most people live very isolated, unaware of the beauty of community around them. That's what this story is about – one guy, Charlie, who lives a self-reliant life to the extreme, until his accident, and then learns through his struggle that it's far more rewarding to work with others, instead of just on his own. It's a lesson that I've had to learn, and plan to share its significance through the very unique lens of the life of an independent newspaper cartoonist.

The nature of the funding and production of this film followed this same principal. We brought together a group of passionate independent filmmakers to contribute both time and funds to make it possible with a very modest budget to bring this story to life. I recognize the power of collaboration, and believe that this is a story that shows that spirit in a unique and powerful way.

Russell Bailey, Director

Production Stills:

Behind The Scenes:


Napoleon Ryan - Charlie
Sherill Turner - Amy
Evan Schwartz - Gavin
Thaine Allison - Marcus
Liz Osborn - Michelle
Adam Collins - Jason
Megan Rose - Sarah
Michael Canetty - Joseph
Patrick Keane - Nurse
Phillip Estrada - Doctor
Jordan Besana - Kid 1
Jayden Besana - Kid 2


Russell Bailey - Writer/Director/Producer
Eric Bottorff - Executive Producer
Alan Vidali - Cinematographer
Peter Krucker - 1st Assistant Director
Kenton "Skip" Harris - Location Manager
Jeremy Torgerson - Asst. Location Manager
Matt Perry - Camera Operator/DIT
Carl Alvin Octoman - 1st Asst. Camera
Rob Fillmore - Production Sound Mixer
Jack Waldman - Production Assistant
Aaron Pong - 2nd Asst. Camera
Will Elder - 2nd Asst. Camera
John Paul Bennett - Grip
Laura Monteleone - Makeup artist
James Frederick - Data Manager
Janna Lopez Raven - Boom Operator
Rafael Kajatt - Additional Sound Mixer
Jaime Gonzalez - Production Assistant
Jason Tom - Production Assistant
Dean Baldwin - Production Artist
Sergio Pena - Music Composer


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