World of Wonder Co-Founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey are fearless pioneers in telling brave, untold stories that normally get overlooked. With their Emmy nominated ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ screening around the world – recently it had two separate screenings in NYC during DOC NYC – the IDFA run festival showcasing independent filmmakers – which continues to be celebrated by audiences, they’re making it known where they stand in this nightmare of an election.
In the wake of the post-election results, the pair have not been afraid to speak up about their disappointment with president-elect Trump and Bailey gave a powerful quote to IDFA in Variety about how art is important more than ever during this confusing time.
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Finally, Nov. 21 sees the fourth edition of the festival’s Queer Day, which features five films about personal struggles around the world. From the U.S. comes Sundance hit “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, which examines the life and times of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the world’s most transgressive artists. Co-director Bailey presented the film on IDFA’s opening day and noted how much the world has changed in less than a year. He mused: “I was reminded of a question [we were asked] at the film’s Sundance premiere in January: ‘Why [make] a film about Robert Mapplethorpe now?” as if he was out of date, no longer relevant.
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