Today the curtain rises for the most integral member of our production crew: Jennifer Barbaro, Director and Producer of Racing To Rio. A documentary filmmaker with an MFA in Communications and Film from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, photographer, and mixed media artist, Jennifer is a recipient of the Samuel Z. Arkoff Award, a 2015 Indie Gathering Featured Documentary Film Award winner and a recent nominee for best local filmmaker in Creative Loafing’s Best of Tampa Bay contest.
Ever active, Jennifer is the founder of The Visual Planet, a photography, mixed media, and production company, and the CEO of production and marketing company, HBNB Productions, Inc. She is a lifelong lover of the arts and is also responsible for Exposed Elements, a Tampa art collaborative that began in 2012. Exposed Elements is another project from The Barbaro-Gould Foundation—it provides local artists with opportunities to display their art and makes use of free exhibits to revitalize the community.
For the past two decades, Jennifer has acted on her passion for art and culture by traveling the world extensively in a search of cultural exchange. Her travels have taken her to Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, and Europe, and have helped her to forge connections with artists worldwide. A believer of transformational leadership, Jennifer strives to bring a mix of creativity, cultural exchange, and conversation into her films.
Started by Jennifer and her husband, Todd Gould, The Barbaro-Gould Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity that facilitates thee global cultural exchange of art, music literature and film. Racing To Rio, the inspiring story of Paralympic sailor Brad Kendell and his team’s journey to the 2016 Sailing Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, is the foundation’s current focus and its director’s number one initiative for the upcoming year.
Through your tax deductible donation, we can share the amazing story of Adaptive Sailing with the world. Please support Jennifer’s passion for Racing to Rio bydonating today.
No film is complete without a gaffer. Joining the crew of Racing To Rio is Gregory “Grab” Szenas: grip, electric and certified scuba diver. A freelance gaffer and lighting director, Grab has 28 years of experience in the field. He’s worked for both location and studio shoots, using all formats ranging from underwater to high speed.
Although Grab primarily works in Florida and is closely affiliated with Sunwolf Lighting and Grip in the Tampa Bay area, he also lends his talents out globally. In addition to having been a gaffer for HBO and A&E documentaries, his credits also include music videos, commercials, short films, and documentaries.
We are delighted to have Grab on board with the project. With his help, we will make Brad’s story as visually inspiring as it is emotionally in Racing To Rio.
Watch out for more updates as we continue to introduce you to the members of our crew as we collaborate together and journey with some incredible world-class athletes to race to Rio in 2016.
Please help to support Paralympic sailing and this production by making a donation to the project today!
All locations in Sand Key, FL except 11/5-8 in ST Pete, FL on water in boat & at docks for #WarriorSailing
Email or call 727-487-2148
10/20-10/21 -in office Production prep
10/22-10/25 Shooting Pirate Camp with challenged youth (approx 8a-5p fri-sun), with Thursday night being a short meet and greet party shoot.
10/28 will be office production day
10/29 to 11/1 is USA 1 Sonar Paralympic training with #BradKendell, his #Paralympic team, and world class Olympic coaches – usually starts between 8 & 10 am and ends by latest 4p – time on boat and sailing center
11/4 in office production day
11/5-11/8 Warrior Sailing with #JenFrench (st Pete yacht club & boat)
Copy of film when complete, meals as appropriate, and film credit as official titled crew will be provided
Racing to Rio is far more than the journey of a few elite athletes striving for world records, gold medals and personal bests. Racing to Rio is the story of transformation from individuals overcoming personal challenges to become world-class sailors and heroes who inspire others to face their challenges and live life to the fullest through the sport of sailing. Racing to Rio is literally about Brad Kendell's journey to the Paralympics in Rio 2016, but also serves on a larger scale as a metaphor for all people who face challenges and how they can take on life to win their own "races" by being the best they can be.