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Clearing Barrel Productions is an independent, veteran-owned company focused on telling stories that challenge, inspire, and entertain audiences through the media arts.



 Chief Creative Officer

Born and based in India, Satchit Puranik is a theatre- and film-maker working across different mediums and several languages. His independent film work includes the acclaimed features Court and Ship of Theseus as well as the documentary For the Love of a Man. A true artist-activist, Satchit is the driving force behind Laughing Cavalier, a production entity focused on documentary theatre and hybrid fact-fiction films rooted in an Indian context. A graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India for both television direction and film editing, Satchit is a true renaissance man whose well-spring of varied talents have earned him the nickname “the Indian Orson Welles.”

President & CEO

A native of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, Brayden founded Clearing Barrel Productions in 2016 as an independent, veteran-owned company dedicated to telling stories that challenge, inspire, and entertain through the media arts. A former soldier, he decided to pursue a career in filmmaking following his service in Germany and Iraq, experiences he credits with exposing him to the wider world and finding him a voice on veterans issues and cultural understanding. After studying screenwriting at the University of Technology, Sydney,

Brayden went on to pursue film direction at the Film & Television Institute Of India, where he formed his enduring partnership with his editor and chief collaborator, Satchit Puranik.

Chief Strategy Officer

Michael Cummings is an entertainment industry executive with expertise in strategic planning, business development and leveraging data to help organizations make better decisions. 


Michael started his career at Amazon Studios, helping the organization grow from 30 people to over 500 while building, creating and improving strategic planning and business development for a company at the intersection of digital entertainment and technology. Prior to Amazon, he served for five years in the U.S. Army, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in both infantry and military intelligence. Michael earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson, graduating in the top 2% of his class, focusing on entertainment strategy. He has worked or consulted for companies such as Amazon Studios, The Walt Disney Company, NBC-Universal, Chipotle and We Are The Mighty. 





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