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Superheroes


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Montreal Premiere

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Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Hot Docs 2011
Official Selection, Calgary Underground Film Festival 2011

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“Hilarity and humanity abound in this real-life KICK-ASS” — Christopher Campbell, CINEMATICAL

Credits

Director: Michael Barnett
Screenplay: Michael Barnett
Cast: Mr. Extreme, Master Legend, Super Hero, Life
Producers: Theodore James
Print Source: Theodore James Productions

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They have realized that in a world where the dominant system is crippled by corruption, they must themselves take up arms in the name of maintaining peace. Their thirst for justice matches the grandeur of their actions. Inspired by childhood heroes, they have chosen to wear the mask. To remain anonymous, certainly, but mostly as living symbols of their values. They have sworn to put their lives on the line to defend against all forms of oppression. Once the night has fallen, they roam the streets and fight the agents of evil. Like Batman, they possess no unnatural superpowers. But contrary to the Dark Knight, these superheroes really exist.

The resounding success of Hollywood blockbusters starring comic-book heroes seems to have had an unexpected impact on American society. Television reports have shown that individuals all across the United States are imitating the feats and actions of the mythical heroes created by Marvel and DC. However, they go much further than simply suiting up for a comic convention. Armed with home-made weapons and dressed up in well-crafted costumes, they are firmly intent on fighting crime, to the great displeasure of police authorities, who don’t appreciate private citizens taking such risks. With SUPERHEROES, documentarian Michael Barnett investigates this fascinating phenomena by directly interacting with the men and women of all creeds that have answered the call of justice. Camera in hand, he travels the streets of North America, following the night crusades of the larger-than-life characters that have adopted names such as Mr. Extreme, Master Legend and Life.

SUPERHEROES is exactly the kind of documentary that keeps us dumbfounded from beginning to end. Part of us refuses to believe what we see unfolding before our eyes, as if it were inconceivable that someone, much less a group, would put into practice this crazy idea that has crossed our all minds at one point in our lives. However, there is not one trace of fiction in this cabinet of curiosities. While keeping a critical eye on his subjects, Barnett lets his iconoclastic superheroes speak for themselves, expressing in their own words their motivations and profound desire to make the world a better place. While there is much laughter to be found in these frames, it is nonetheless inspiring to see these cranks deliver some level of support for those in need — which ultimately turns them into actual superheroes.

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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