Los Angeles-based prodco World of Wonder, co-founded by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, has begun production on a documentary set to profile the late writer, multimedia artist and AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz.
Directed by Out of Iraq helmer Chris McKim, Wojnarowicz
(working title) will provide unprecedented access into the New York-based artist’s archives and, with the full cooperation of his estate, will offer an intimate look at his life and career throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Emerging in the 1970s as one of the era’s most prominent and prolific avant-garde artists, Wojnarowicz mixed media, graffiti, street art and Super-8 film to become an outspoken warrior fighting for gay and women’s rights, racial equality, healthcare, and a wide range of social issues.
The documentary will feature Wojnarowicz’s collection of journals, letters, recordings and films, while also presenting interviews with his closest collaborators, friends and lovers.
“The documentary is exceptionally timely in today’s political landscape, from police brutality, gun control debates, the fight for healthcare, immigration, equality and diversity – David’s work is as relevant today as it was in his time,” World of Wonder said in a statement. “The film will examine these issues through that work and add his voice to the resistance.”
Wojnarowicz now joins World of Wonder’s growing portfolio of indie docs that spotlight groundbreaking figures who have shaped culture. Previous acclaimed docs and series from the prodco include Becoming Chaz, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures and The Last Beekeeper, among others.
Barbato, Bailey and McKim most recently collaborated on the 2016 Emmy-winning documentary Out of Iraq, which documents the love story between an Iraqi translator working for the U.S. and an Iraqi soldier in Ramadi, Iraq.