PN 04: Going Deep With Mapplethorpe

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, directors of HBO’s “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” discuss their career from when they first met in the 1980s. Yes, this episode contains explicit language as we discuss the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, known for his provocative images of gay S&M sex.

Today, Bailey & Barbato run the Los Angeles-based production company World of Wonder, known for pop culture documentaries such as “Inside Deep Throat,” “Party Monster,” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” This frank and funny interview gets personal with talk of fatherhood and explores their history of edgy topics.

“It’s really hard to be that honest. It’s hard to be an openly ambitious dick.”

On Twitter: @fbailey @randybarbato @WorldofWonder @HBODocs @thompowers

Thanks to SundanceNow Doc Club for sponsoring this episode.This episode was recorded at SVA MFA Social Documentary Film Program.

Show notes:
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
World of Wonder
The Fabulous Pop Tarts

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