Heading to the Finish Line

As the Paralympic teams get ready to head down to Rio for the 2016 games, and USA1 Sonar is the team to beat after winning the World Championships in the Netherlands, the team at Racing to Rio is headed to our own finish line.

With multi-Emmy Award winning cinematographer Bill Mills behind the camera, we have amazing interviews with the USA1 Sonar team and footage of USA1 practicing with CAN1. We also have great interviews and footage with Warrior Sailing, Maureen McKinnon & Ryan Porteous (SKUD-18), the phenomenal Betsy Allison and so much more.

Brad getting his sea legsNow all we have left is to film a few more interviews and to purchase footage from several adaptive sailing events, then we are ready to send this to the editor to make movie magic. After that it’s titles, color correction, and music. Then we are off to festivals and distribution to share this great sport with the world.

However, we need your help to push Racing to Rio through the finish. We must raise a final $75,000 to complete this amazing movie – this is where you come in as a critical part of our winning team!

Please donate right now…don’t wait another minute – Help us over the finish line!

Racing to Rio is being produced by The Barbaro-Gould Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so your donation to support this film is tax deductible as allowed.

Bronze Medal: $25 Thank you and access to an on-line screener of the movie!
Silver Medal: $50 Thank you very much and access to an on-line screener of the movie!
Gold Medal: $100 Special Thank You in film credits and access to an on-line screener of the movie!
Yacht Club: $1,000 Special Individual Thank You in film credits and copy of DVD which you can screen at your club as a fundraiser for adaptive sailing!
Other: Please enter amount on the PayPal Screen. All donations over $25 receive access to an on-line screener of the movie!

Maureen McKinnonMake donation checks payable to:

The Barbaro-Gould Foundation, Inc.
1211 Hamlet Ave, Studio D
Clearwater, FL 33756

Please put Racing to Rio on the check and include your e-mail address.

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Marcus Cooley: Grip/Production Manager

Experienced from a variety of large and small scale projects, Marcus Cooley is the multi-talented prop master, go-pro setter,  and set dresser of Racing To Rio.


Marcus has worked in nearly all departments of film, including art, effects, writing, producing, directing, cinematography, acting, storyboarding, and animation. He has held positions such as assistant director, prop master, production designer, production coordinator, and art director. He has worked on feature films and television series, including big-name titles such as Selma, Furious 7, Ant-Man, The Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 2, Left 4 Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

In addition to being a certified Wolman Wood Care Professional, Marcus has also won for Best in Design at the 2010 Local Gala.

With Marcus’ well rounded skills, he has been an asset to many departments and is always willing to lend a hand.  The crew of Racing To Rio is thankful to have Marcus in from his hometown of Atlanta to join our crew during filming.

Molly Murrow: Production Coordinator

Racing To Rio could not have been launched without proper planning and production coordination. A tremendous asset to the crew, Molly Murrow has been pulling the strings behind Racing To Rio’s organization and public relations, putting in her all to ensure the project’s success.

Molly is a cinematographer, freelance grant writer, video editor, graphic designer, and photographer. The great niece of renowned World War II reporter Edward R. Murrow, Molly comes from a journalistic background with a variety of technical and personal skills.  We are excited to have Molly on board.

Molly and Bill


Brian Tarney: 2nd Unit Director of Photography

The Barbaro-Gould Foundation is lucky to have not only one, but two, directors of photography on board with Racing To Rio. Brian Tarney is our second director of photography. With experience in television, documentary, and film, he has worked as a camera operator, editor, audio technician, and actor in addition to being a director of photography.Brian T

Brian also produces, directs, writes, shoots, and edits comedy sketches on the web, having worked with the New Movement improv troupe, Dance Crisis. Hard-working and enthusiastic individual, Brian brings his skills and energy to all his projects, and Racing To Rio is no different.

We are happy to welcome Brian to Clearwater from his hometown of New Orleans and to the Racing To Rio crew.

Local Spotlight: Clearwater Yacht Club

Tom Brusini at Launch Fundraiser
Film Crew Lunch at CYC
Tom Brusini, Clearwater Yacht Club (Left) & Rich White, Clearwater Community Sailing Center (Right)
Brad Kendall, Paralympic Sailor, Jennifer Barbaro, Director R2R & Flag at CYC

Those of you that have been following the progress of this film will have noticed by now that Racing to Rio has been a Clearwater community collaboration from it’s inception. When Brad Kendell learned to sail, it was off the beautiful blue coast of Clearwater beach. When the USA 1 Sonar team meets and trains together, they sail out from the Clearwater Yacht Club. When Brad Kendell’s Never Say Never Pirate camp convenes in the summer, the kids all report for sailing lessons at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. When Racing to Rio’s film committee meets to discuss important developments and to plan fundraising events, we meet at the Clearwater Yacht Club.

Many of these establishments are integral to maintaining the community bonds that keep Clearwater so connected. It is because of organizations like the Clearwater Yacht Club that projects like Racing to Rio are able to find success. Because this organization has been and continues to be instrumental both in the filming of this movie and to Brad’s campaign, the sport of sailing and it’s dedicated competitors will be able to impact and inspire people from not only the Saint Petersburg and Clearwater areas, but also people from all over the globe.

We would like to make a personal shout out to Tom Brusini, General Manager at the Clearwater Yacht Club, for all of his generous support during the making of this film. As a committee member, he committed much of his time to both hosting and attending our initial meetings. As an ambassador for CYC, Tom has welcomed the Racing to Rio crew members onto his property,


Congratulations Jen!

The Barbaro-Gould Foundation has exciting news to share: Jennifer Barbaro has been named the new Vice President of the Clearwater Arts Alliance!

The Clearwater Arts Alliance is an organization that promotes cultural awareness in Clearwater.  It encourages and creates cultural and artistic opportunities for everyone in the area.
We look forward to what new events will come from the Clearwater Arts Alliance in the future!

Pinellas Meeting

PGA Approved

The Barbaro Gould Foundation has more good news to share! Jennifer Barbaro’s award-winning film, The Perfect Match, has been granted eligibility to use the Producers Mark by the PGA (Producers Guild of America). Jen is now officially recognized by the PGA!

From now on, The Perfect Match will be able to put “p.g.a” after the producers’ name(s) in credits, promotional material, awards, and honors. We’re excited over this achievement and can’t wait to see what new developments will happen here at the Barbaro-Gould Foundation.