Barnz's feature directorial debut, the award-winning Phoebe in Wonderland, starring Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson and Elle Fanning, premiered in competition at Sundance 2008, and was released nationally in 2009. Barnz went on to adapt and direct Beastly, which was released in 2011 and starred Alex Pettyfer in his breakout role.
Inspired by his Kafka-esque experiences developing in Hollywood, Barnz wrote and made his directorial debut with the popular festival-circuit short film The Cutting Room, which tells the story of a trailer park inhabited by characters that have been cut out of books, plays, movies and TV shows. In 2007, Barnz was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film and in 2008 one of Variety's Top Ten Directors to Watch.
In his early career, Barnz spent many seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival before moving to Los Angeles to direct for Tim Robbins's theater company, The Actors' Gang. Shortly thereafter, Barnz entered the MFA program at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. After graduating, Barnz got his start in the industry writing screenplays, including Sugarland for Jodie Foster, Under and Alone for Mel Gibson and Rogue for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Barnz was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, and received his B.A. from Yale University.
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