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Doc U Point of View: A Conversation with Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

International Documentary Association

Monday, November 19, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Doc U Point of View: A Conversation
with Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

 Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Reception to Follow

The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

IDA Member: $15  •  IDA Student Member: $5  •  Non-Member: $20

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Since 1990, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have been bringing their unique take on the world to screens both big and small. In an industry where yesterday’s doc becomes tomorrow’s reality show and the gay channel has to become less so to survive, the duo has not only produced some of the most most-watched, cutting-edge programming of the past two decades, but have also created one of the media world’s most successful independent production companies and distinctive brands, World of Wonder.

From award winning in-depth character studies (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Monica in Black in White) to social issue docs (The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell; The Last Beekeeper) and glitzy and splashy reality franchises (Rupaul's Drag Race, Million Dollar Listings), their productions defy traditional labels and assert that compelling story and characters are what create good programs, across genres, niches, and expectations.

Join producer Eddie Schmidt (Beauty is Embarrassing, Troubadours) for a discussion with Randy and Fenton on the challenges of running a transatlantic production company, crossing genre boundaries, and managing the famous and infamous, while also hosting a cutting edge culture blog with over 300,000 hits per month. Not to mention writing a book! Now available for pre-order The World According to Wonder, a wildly glamorous book featuring never-before-seen photos and exclusive stories from some of the world’s most controversial, exposed and interesting personalities available at Amazon.com.

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
Fenton Bailey and Randy BarbatoAward-winning film directors and producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato founded World of Wonder Productions in 1990 after meeting at NYU Film School. Since then, they have created numerous documentary features and series that have captivated audiences both domestically and internationally.

Their first visit to the Sundance Film Festival was in 1999 with their documentary Party Monster which went on to win an Emmy® Award. They next brought the award-winning The Eyes of Tammy Faye and their scripted version of Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green, and their 2005 documentaryInside Deep Throat to Sundance. Becoming Chaz was their seventh film to premiere at Sundance.

The duo have produced or directed over 23 programs for HBO including Monica in Black and White, a feature documentary about Monica Lewinsky, Heidi Fleiss: Madam of Crystal and Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking. In September 2011, The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell premiered on HBO, on the very day that the controversial military policy was repealed. Currently they are in production on their HBO documentary In Vogue: The Editor's Eye – celebrating 120 years of Vogue.

Their hit shows include Million Dollar Listing and Million Dollar Listing: New York for Bravo, RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag U for Logo, Finding Sarah about the Duchess of York's spiritual journey back from disgrace for OWN, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood and All The Right Moves for Oxygen, and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys for Sundance. Life With La Toya is currently in production for OWN, staring La Toya Jackson.

Over the years, Randy and Fenton have received numerous awards including the annual Frameline Award in 2003 which recognizes filmmakers who have made a significant contribution to lesbian and gay media arts; the 2010 Emmy® for their nature documentary The Last Beekeeper; and most recently they were honored with the 2011 Outfest Annual Achievement Award.

With offices in Hollywood and London, the pair have produced cutting-edge fiction and non-fiction programming for HBO, Showtime, VH1, IFC, Discovery, MTV, OWN, TLC, E!, BBC, PBS, Channel 4 UK, and other digital outlets that can be found online at www.worldofwonder.net. The WOW Report receives more than 200,000 visitors a month.

Eddie Schmidt, Moderator
Eddie Schmidt Eddie Schmidt is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and the producer of Emmy-nominated television and digital media. He produced four Sundance Film Festival premieres: This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith (later nominated for an Academy Award), Troubadours (later nominated for an Emmy), and Chain Camera. Schmidt was also executive producer of Beauty Is Embarrassing, which premiered at this year's South by Southwest, was released theatrically, and is currently on VOD. The "Focus Forward" short he directed for Cinelan/GE, Good Bread, debuted this summer at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival and is also available online.

For television, Schmidt most recently directed NBC's Emmy-nominated Who Do You Think You Are?  He has also written, produced and directed both documentary and comedy series and specials for HBO, NBC/Universal, IFC, A&E, Lionsgate, E!, PBS, Current and GSN, and is currently supervising producer on a new cable series. As a pundit, Schmidt has appeared on several shows including 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, Attack of the Show, and the Starz Inside series.

Schmidt is also the former Board President of IDA (2009-2011), and was its interim Executive Director during the latter half of 2008.

The evening's on-stage conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A, and a reception on the Cinefamily's backyard Spanish patio!

For more information on IDA's Doc U: documentary.org/doc-u





Doc U Point of View: A Conversation
with Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato


Monday, November 19, 2012
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow


The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036



Meters on Fairfax: 2hr parking until 8pm, free thereafter. Parking in the lot across Fairfax is $3.00. Non-permitted parking available in neighborhoods behind The Cinefamily.


Doc U is the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.

Special support provided by:

Los Angeles County Arts CommissionHFPAT3Media
IMAXDepartment of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles
AXIS PROIndie Printing


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The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, 90036

Monday, November 19, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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