A native of New Jersey, Barbato attended graduate film school at New York University where he met Fenton Bailey, originally from Great Britain. Both dropped out after a year to form a pop band, The Pop Tarts. In 1990, the duo created their own company, World of Wonder Productions, with the intention of recording Pop Tarts music, but only after established companies rejected them.
The Pop Tarts never made the cultural splash Bailey and Barbato hoped for. But upon reflection, their failure seems fortuitous. Bailey and Barbato returned to filmmaking with "Manhattan Cable", a series based on clips taken from public access television and edited together for British TV. Bailey and Barbato... Continue Bio >>
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