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Fenton Bailey

Highest Rated:   100% Every Brilliant Thing (2016)
Lowest Rated:   29% Party Monster (2003)
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With his partner Randy Barbato, producer and director Fenton Bailey made his name with documentaries about such outrageous yet fascinating pop-culture subjects as the wife of disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), before branching out into dramatic films with the feature version of their 1998 documentary Party Monster in 2003.Born in Great Britain, Bailey attended graduate film school in the U.S. at New York University, where he met life and business partner Barbato. The pair dropped out of school to form their production company World of Wonder in 1990; they also performed as a tongue-in-cheek musical duo called the Pop Tarts. Bailey and Barbato turned to filmmaking in earnest, however, when they decided to amuse themselves by editing together choice clips from New York City's racy and bizarre public access cable TV shows, and turned it into the British TV series Manhattan Cable. Stateside, World of Wonder produced the series Hollywood Fashion Machine (1995) for AMC and The RuPaul Show (1996) for VH1. Though New York remained a source of creative inspiration, Bailey and Barbato moved to Los Angeles in the mid-'90s. They began to attract serious attention as documentary directors with the Emmy-winning Cinemax program Party Monster (1998), about the strange life and ignominious downfall of New York club kid-turned-murderer Michael Alig. Adding Los Angeles subjects to their repertoire, Bailey and Barbato also produced Juror Number 5: 58 Days of Duty on the O.J. Simpson Civil Trial (1998), and garnered accolades again for the Cinemax documentary 101 Rent Boys (2000), about 101 male hustlers who work L.A.'s Santa Monica Boulevard.Bailey and Barbato's avowed sympathy for cultural pariahs and gift for tapping into the celebrity zeitgeist created a stir on the art-house circuit that same year with the fond yet humorous documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Impressed by Tammy Faye Bakker when they met with her about a possible TV project, Bailey and Barbato decided to make a feature documentary about her instead. Gaining access to Tammy Faye's circle, as well as Tammy Faye herself, The Eyes of Tammy Faye showed that the title subject was more than her infamous makeup sense and tarnished image as the equally greedy wife of fallen PTL leader Bakker. A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, The Eyes of Tammy Faye went on to repeat that success when it was released in theaters later that year. Bailey and Barbato subsequently merged their focus on famous outsiders with their interest in illuminating previously little-known aspects of pop culture history with the AMC documentary Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The William Haines Story (2001), about the silent film star who refused to deny his homosexuality and was blackballed by the movie studios in the 1930s.With World of Wonder firmly established by the early 2000s, Bailey and Barbato divided their efforts between executive producing such TV projects as From the Waist Down: Men, Women & Music (2001), Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture (2002), and School's Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas (2003) for American and British TV, and directing such intriguing works as Dark Roots: The Unauthorized Anna Nicole (2003) themselves. Bailey and Barbato once again displayed their skill at delving deeper into the lives of people at the center of famous scandals with their HBO documentary Monica in Black and White (2002). Aided by the expiration of her legal gag order regarding her relationship with President Bill Clinton as well as her willingness to speak, Bailey and Barbato filmed Presidential paramour Monica Lewinsky as she answered any and all questions asked of her by a live audience. As with Tammy Faye Bakker, Bailey and Barbato's camera revealed that there was a bit more to their subject than just the news media's bimbo in a stained blue dress. Turning their attention to another key moment in the cultural history of sexuality, Bailey and Barbato decided not to

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Menendez: Blood Brothers
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2017
No Score Yet Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric
  • Executive Producer
2017
100% Every Brilliant Thing
  • Producer
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet Out of Iraq
  • Producer
2016
97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet Glory Daze: The Life And Times Of Michael Alig
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet In Vogue: The Editor's Eye
  • Director
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet The Strange History Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  • Director
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Grab
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Becoming Chaz
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet The Last Beekeeper
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal
  • Director
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Stanley Kubrick's Boxes
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet Children of God: Lost and Found
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Miss Navajo
  • Executive Producer
2007
83% Inside Deep Throat
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.5M 2005
No Score Yet Pornography: The Secret History of Civilization
  • Producer
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Hidden Fuhrer: Hitler's Sexuality
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Gay Republicans
  • Executive Producer
2004
29% Party Monster
  • Producer
$0.3M 2003
No Score Yet Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture
  • Producer
2002
86% The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Producer
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet 101 Rent Boys
  • Producer
  • Director
2000
60% Party Monster
  • Director
  • Producer
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Girlfriend Intervention
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2007
No Score Yet True Life
1998
  • Producer
  • 2003

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