Jarrod Van Hauen's debut feature film, written by and starring Barkhoff, entitled "Death, My Darling" will be out on YouTube for free April 30th!
Mike Barkhoff's first three feature films are being bundled together with Jarrod Van Hauen's debut feature film for a limited release on Blu Ray in June! Limited to 50 - 5 will be signed by the filmmakers!
Mike Barkhoff is an American artist hailing from Grundy Center, Iowa. A 2018 High School Graduate, Barkhoff began his film career in 2013 at the age of 13 and his music production career in 2018 at the age of 18.
On the first day of his first full time job following an early High School graduation, Barkhoff was offered a contract to sell all of his signees and himself to a company who would distribute them full time, but rebuked the offer, opting to remain independent.
That same year saw Barkhoff be awarded accolades for his recent short films that preceded, including 2017's Into The Wild and Candlelight, and 2018's Horror Fest entry Ready Or Not, as well as the lauded web series he produced entitled Chapters., and, in September 2018, release his debut feature film INFINITE. for free on YouTube to heavy acclaim from it's opening audience - having amassed over 2,000 views in it's first hours.
The day after, Barkhoff sat down with then-friend, now-manager, Zach Delfs, to discuss his intent with the film, and peel back the layers behind the tangle his artistry and mindset are in frequently.
2020 saw Barkhoff follow INFINITE. with the even more lauded Windfall, which was a surprise released film, as well as Season 2 of Chapters., subtitled Atrocity Exhibitions, which focused on his real life addictions and struggles told through ten fictional shorts to wide acclaim upon release. He also executed the production of three singles from his signee Norff that received notice from many online rap fans - the release of Norff's debut album, Life Is Rough, also saw formation after spending the last two years working on it - and the helping of release on California native and good friend UGK David's longtime awaited debut album, $EX $ELLS.
Having just turned 21, Barkhoff has accomplished more than many artists his age - and even older - have. He's done it all independently and surrounded by supportive figures found in friends, family, and business associates.
Since 2017, he has been half/half of the Barking Vans collective - with his brother Jarrod Van Hauen - and, since 2019, has been the primary overseer behind content for Live Free Productions.
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2018: Detoxify - Stage One
2018: Yung Bong - Beasty
2020: QUINTOKOS - Self Titled Album
2020: Norff - Life Is Rough
2020: Norff, Gee Mak - Mirror, Mirror
2021: UGK David - $EX $ELLS
2021: Norff - Sanitize Your Hands
2021: Gee Mak, Norff - Pica-Boo