Superhero Me (2012)
Not your ordinary superhero movie-- no lycra, no costumes. Our hero is loved by his community for his heroic deeds, but he's not loved by himself. Watch as he attempts to reconcile his extra-ordinary gifts and his self-perceived social awkwardness. His journey leads him to have to decide who has the truest perception of him; himself or those around him.
Finalist - Screening and Writing Competition
In an age where the big box office dollars are all in the mass production of superhero and comic book adaptations, it is always refreshing to see small-time independent filmmakers turn their shoestring budgets towards an ambitious hero tale of their own. The London Review
when Bradburn’s effort came across our desks it was approached with a weary sense of skepticism, thankfully about ten minutes in you realise that this is unwarranted and Superhero Me comes out fighting. Strangers in Cinema
Overall, Superhero Me is a short film which works well as a character study of one man’s journey to discovering his true perception of himself. It is refreshing to see an exploration of self-doubt and anxiety explored in a film of this subject matter. UK Film Review
As a director, I reach the heights of my artistry through empowering everyone on set and creating a truly collaborative environment. It’s not a coincidence that empowerment is a key thematic element in my films.
Photo credit: Devron Enarson
I strive to create characters with deep, churning internal conflicts in situations where introspection is unexpected and even detrimental to success. My stories are driven by characters in states of self-doubt who come to realize that confronting their issues will birth success, not fear or defeat. I believe that the irony of discovering empowerment through confronting one’s own issues and weaknesses creates compelling, complex narratives, where characters come to terms with their true self through the perspective of other people.
Superhero Me is the story of a man who is bigger than his own life. Even though he is viewed as a hero by others, he can’t bring himself to accept that he’s doing anything extraordinary. The hero is so focused on what’s not working in his life, that he misses opportunities to truly connect with the people that he’s helping. Through the conflicts in the story, he comes to realize that instead of hiding away because he feels inadequate and imperfect, he should reach out and embrace the community that sees the meaningful difference he is making in the world. This story is about believing in other people’s perception of your potential.
In the process of bringing Superhero Me to the screen, my writing partner and the actors found so many avenues and details in this story and characters that we are motivated to keep going and develop Superhero Me as a feature film. We hope that the short can provide us the momentum and opportunity to work together to pursue our passions for this project, and successfully film a feature version.
Craig James Jr.
Born and raised in Miami, Craig earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Theatre from Hanover College.
At Hanover, Craig starred in theatrical productions such as The Glass Menagerie, The Tempest, and She Stoops to Conquer. Craig went on to study acting at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City, where he landed his first feature film role in New York Lately.
Currently, Craig is involved in several Chicago-based independent film projects, and is on stage at The Den Theater in Circus! Circus!
Jacob Daniel Moore
Over the past decade, Jacob Moore has assembled a diverse body of work. He played a principal in Discovery Channel's “Fields of Valor” series, performed stunt work on the FX pilot “Powers,” and has worked with Ron Howard.
Jacob’s commercial projects and clients include Dunkin' Donuts, Cheez-It (Kellogg's), BP, NBC, Kenmore, and Cisco. Jacob studied with legendary casting director Jane Alderman, Second City’s Michael Gellman, and voiceover guru Maurice Tobias.
Jacob is the founder of NoStigmas.org, a grassroots movement to promote mental wellness.
Jeannette DiGiovine knew what she wanted from the start. An actor since childhood, her career has blossomed to include commercials, voice over, and print modeling.
Jeannette’s recent film roles include “Between Western and California,” “The Dinner Party”, and “Boot the Pigeon.” She is currently writing a feature film script and is involved in a new theatrical production.