Award-winning film directors Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey founded "World of Wonder Productions" after meeting at NYU Graduate Film School. They share not only an obsession with film, tv, music, fashion, and all things "pop", but also a passion for showcasing the humanity of those marginalized by our "media society". During their ten-year partnership, Bailey & Barbato have explored these themes by directing and producing a wide variety of series and documentaries for theatrical and television release.
The duo premiered their film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and took the Boston Society of Film Critics Best Documentary of 2000 Award and the Independent Spirit Awards Nomination for Best Documentary. The film, a look at the rise and fall of Ms. Bakker-Messner, aired on Cinemax and screened theatrically before being released to home video.
They won an Emmy Award for Party Monster, which aired on Cinemax and Channel 4 UK. This documentary about the infamous New York nightclub king-turned-killer was also a Sundance Film Festival favorite, winning first place non-fiction at the 1999 USA Film Festival and as well as the Grand Jury Award at the 1998 Outfest in Los Angeles.
Bailey & Barbato's documentary, 101 Rent Boys, premiered at the 2000 London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, airing on Cinemax. This program interviews real male escorts and hustlers on the famed Santa Monica Boulevard, and the uncensored version, 101 Rent Boys Uncut is now available on home video. Plushies & Furries, produced by Bailey & Barbato and directed by Rick Castro, premiered at Outfest 2001 to heated interest. This look into the underground world of fursuiters will broadcast on MTV.
Out of the Closet, Off The Screen: The Life of William Haines premiered at The Seattle Film Festival, and this story of Golden Hollywood's first outwardly gay box office star is due for broadcast on AMC in Feb. 2002. Bailey & Barbato have previously directed and produced for AMC with the series, Hollywood Fashion Machine, and the special, Backstory: Bonnie & Clyde.
Their critically acclaimed film, The Real Ellen Story, aired on Channel Four in the UK, and was subsequently featured on America's PBS stations and Bravo. Bailey & Barbato completed also the six-part series Pornography: The Secret History of Civilization, which was ten years in the making for Channel 4 and HBO. Shock Video is their Cable Ace-nominated HBO franchise that highlights the sexiest television clips from around the world and gives HBO its highest doc ratings.
From The Waist Down: Men, Women & Music, a five-hour documentary series for VH1, aired this month in the US. This exploration of rock-n-roll as the great enabler of the sexual revolution is also due soon on Channel 5UK. Other projects completed for VH1 include 100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll, a thirteen-part series called 20 to 1, and the five-part series, Video Killed The Radio Star. Bailey & Barbato also served as executive producers of all 100 episodes of VH1's The RuPaul Show.
In addition to film work, Bailey & Barbato have produced and directed a number of music videos for artists Elton John, Ultra Nate, Kristine W and RuPaul, netting two Billboard Music video awards and a place in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Music Videos of All Time.
Bailey & Barbato are hard at work readying projects. Punishment: Cruel and Unusual is a three-hour examination of the history of torture that will be presented by CourtTV and Channel 5 UK. The Whole Warhol, a definitive series about the man who made the twentieth century, will broadcast on Bravo and Channel 4 UK in February on the fifteenth anniversary of Warhol's death.