Randy and Fenton: The Wonder Years

BY Jeremy Kinser

September 16 2011 12:25 PM ET

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Becoming Chaz certainly resonated with audiences. It scored huge ratings for OWN and eventually received three Emmy nominations. What would you say has been most gratifying about the success of the film?
Bailey: The most gratifying aspect of making Becoming Chaz has been its contribution towards fighting transphobia, introducing more of America and the world to trans people and trans issues. It’s always great when we get the opportunity to make a film that shines a light on ideas or people who are either misunderstood, marginalized, or ignored.

Barbato: The other gratifying thing about making the film was becoming close to Chaz. He’s a great guy.

You’ve been making wonderful films for so many years and they’ve reflected every facet of the LGBT experience. What do you look for now when deciding on a project?
Bailey: Wow, that’s very nice of you to say. It’s hard to say what we look for. The projects find us. We see ourselves in so much of our work, not that we plan to transition or join the Navy. It’s just that we identify with the judged, the misunderstood, and the marginalized.

Earlier this year you two were honored with Outfest’s Achievement Award. Though you’re both still in your prime as filmmakers, what would you name as your proudest accomplishment so far?
Barbato: Our proudest accomplishment is that we are still here. Actually having worked together for so long has been the most rewarding thing of all.





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