Adam Barnick attended New York's School of Visual Arts for filmmaking, while working in production and special effects for theater and independent films. Afterwards he worked on various independent productions and assisted on commercials produced locally for Japanese television.

As a writer/director, Adam’s short film Mainstream has played seven international festivals and opened the New York City Horror Film Festival’s theatrical screenings its year of release. Fangoria Magazine and Koch Vision acquired it for worldwide distribution on their FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE II: America's Best Short Horror Films DVD, now available for rental and sale everywhere. That same year Adam was named 'One of the top 5 genre filmmakers to watch in 2006 and beyond' by The Horror Newsletter. Mainstream was voted one of the top 5 horror films of the year by the editor of Horror-Movies.ca, as well as being featured in numerous print, radio and online articles on the top genre websites.

His company Wicked Tree Films has recently collaborated with Mind's Eye International, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Leomax Pictures, Starz Home Entertainment, ArieScope Pictures, Crimson Films, Fortuneteller Films, IFC Films, A Bigger Boat, Shout! Factory and Glass Eye Pix.

He is in post production on his first feature-length documentary, WHAT IS SCARY?. A proof-of-concept teaser was created in 2011; more information and announcements regarding the film are coming in 2016.

Branching out into behind-the-scenes documentaries and DVD/Blu-Ray content, he has edited, produced, directed and shot featurettes in the past four years for the short film and feature-length versions of Paul Solet's award-winning GRACE; the adaptation of Steven Bissette's horror comic COTTONMOUTH, the horror prequel Malevolence: Bereavement, the true-story drama Aaron Bacon, Adam (Hatchet 1+2, Spiral, Holliston) Green's survival thriller FROZEN, and most recently Paul Solet's sophomore film DARK SUMMER as well as online featurettes for the genre films of Larry Fessenden.

The DVD extras/documentaries for GRACE have received acclaim from genre fans and DVD reviewers the world over, with the DVD winning "Best Indie Disc" at the 2010 Reaper Awards. FROZEN's Extras were nominated for "Best DVD Extras" in the 2011 Reaper Awards, alongside such heavyweights as The Walking Dead, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Alien Anthology. FROZEN has become Anchor Bay's top-selling original Blu-Ray and DVD.

Adam directed his first 35mm music video, SAY YOU'LL STAY for singer/songwriter John Presnell in 2012, which won the Director's Showreel Award in Lomography's Dramatic Competition for videos shot with their unique cameras. He followed it up with two back-to-back music videos for Rivulets, released the following year. The horror-themed period piece "How, Who" was being featured on the front page news of the major horror-related websites within days of its release. His music video for singer/songwriter Kathy Zimmer was released in 2015, followed by the mindbending stock-footage/VFX mashup music video PILLS, again for John Presnell.

He has worked as an editor and sound designer; As a screenwriter he has several projects in active development, including the feature-length version of MAINSTREAM, and done script consultation/coverage as a freelancer as well as for the IFP.

Online, Adam has contributed articles, reviews and interviews for the websites Entertainment Insiders and Icons of Fright.