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Randy Barbato

Highest Rated:   100% Every Brilliant Thing (2016)
Lowest Rated:   29% Party Monster (2003)
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With his life and creative partner Fenton Bailey, filmmaker Randy Barbato carved a distinctive niche in film and television with his nonfiction works about such intriguing pop-culture subjects as the infamously groomed ex-wife of fallen TV evangelist Jim Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), before trying his hand at dramatic features with the adaptation of his and Bailey's documentary Party Monster (1998) in 2003.A native of New Jersey, Barbato attended graduate film school at New York University in the late '80s, where he met classmate and fellow pop-culture enthusiast Bailey. Along with dabbling in music as the Pop Tarts, the pair dropped out of N.Y.U. to form their production company, World of Wonder, in 1990. Based in their tiny New York apartment, World of Wonder notched its first production with the series Manhattan Cable, a compilation of clips from New York City's strange and risqué public-access cable programs, for British TV. Barbato and Bailey subsequently executive produced Hollywood Fashion Machine (1995) for AMC and The RuPaul Show (1996) for VH1. Building on those credits, Barbato and Bailey relocated to Los Angeles in the mid-'90s, where they focused on such L.A.-based subjects as Ellen DeGeneres' decision to come out on her TV series in The Real Ellen Story (1997) and the O.J. Simpson murder case in Juror Number 5: 58 Days of Duty on the O.J. Simpson Civil Trial (1998). Barbato and Bailey began to earn serious attention as directors as well as producers, however, with the Emmy-winning Cinemax documentary Party Monster, about the strange life and violent downfall of New York City club kid-turned-murderer Michael Alig. Barbato and Bailey garnered more kudos for their next directorial project, the Cinemax documentary 101 Rent Boys (2000), about the lives of 101 Los Angeles male hustlers.Barbato and Bailey affirmed their cinematic "compassion for outsiders" that same year with their first theatrical release, The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Intrigued by former media punch line Tammy Faye Bakker's self-awareness when they met with her about a potential TV project, Barbato and Bailey instead decided to make a documentary about her, revealing the person behind the infamous makeup and image as disgraced PTL televangelist Jim Bakker's avaricious spouse. Featuring interviews with Bakker's inner circle and judiciously deployed touches of kitsch, The Eyes of Tammy Faye became a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and an award-winning art-house success. Continuing to explore the lives of famous pariahs as well as expose lesser-known facets of pop-culture history, Barbato and Bailey next directed the well-received AMC documentary Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The William Haines Story (2001), about the former silent movie star who was ostracized by the studios in the 1930s for refusing to play down his homosexuality.By 2003, Barbato and Bailey had built World of Wonder into a sizable, prolific company, with Barbato and Bailey executive producing, and occasionally directing, such projects as Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture (2002), Gay Hollywood (2003), Dark Roots: The Unauthorized Anna Nicole (2003), and School's Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas (2003) for British and American TV. Maintaining their directorial focus on the fallout of America's "celebritocracy" and taste for salacious scandal, Barbato and Bailey let infamous presidential intern Monica Lewinsky speak for herself in the HBO documentary Monica in Black and White (2002). Finally free of the legal gag order regarding her relationship with former President Bill Clinton, Barbato and Bailey filmed Lewinsky as she answered all of the questions posed to her by a live audience, showing that the media bimbo with the stained dress was also a human being. Barbato and Bailey subsequently returned to directing feature documentaries with Inside Deep Throat (2003), delving into another vital moment in the history of American sexual culture. Initiated and backed by pr

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 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 Wishful Drinking
  • Director
2010
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
  • Director
  • Producer
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
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet True Life
1998
  • Producer
  • 2003

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