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East Coast Premiere

DIRECTED BY Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 109min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

Robert Mapplethorpe was an artistic tour de force. He emerged from the fecund 1970s New York art scene, where he bonded with Patti Smith and partnered with the art collector Sam Wagstaff. Mapplethorpe’s photography could luxuriate in explicit imagery of gay sadomasochistic sex, yet it could also encompass pictures of flowers that exuded an almost classical splendor. In 1989, the year he died of AIDS, Mapplethorpe became the center of controversy when Senator Jesse Helms denounced his work in Congress and his exhibitions were deemed obscene and raided by police.

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Inside Deep Throat) don’t hold back in confronting Mapplethorpe’s personal complexities or the unabashed provocations of his X-rated photography. The acclaimed filmmakers gain access to rare audio recordings of Mapplethorpe and conduct interviews with his friends and family. After the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, BBC reviewer Owen Gleiberman wrote, “The movie is a gorgeously edited scrapbook of underground passion.” – Thom Powers


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Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Producer: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Mona Card, Sara Bernstein

Music: David Benjamin Steinberg
Cinematographer: Huy Truong, Mario Panagiotopoulos
Editor: Langdon F. Page, Francy Kachler

Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are co-founders of the World of Wonder international media production company. They have collaborated on numerous works for film and television, such as The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), Inside Deep Throat (2005) and Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016).