Spotlight:

Joe Barbarisi

October 2nd, 2020

By Curtis Newart

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Joe Barbarisi, with a nod to Pete Townshend of The Who (Photo credit: John Jones)

World Premiere

HOPE (LIVE)

by CYNDI LAUPER

Official Music Video

10/02/20

Lauperland is thrilled to premiere this FIRST SEE of Cyndi Lauper's new "Hope (Live)" official music video by Joe Barbarisi.

 

Our sincere thanks to So What Management.

HOPE (Live) official music video (Directed by Joe Barbarisi)

Filmmaker, Videographer & Photographer 

Joe Barbarisi has worked with Cyndi Lauper since 2016, when he filmed the Super 8 millimeter cinematography for the "Funnel of Love" music video for her Detour album.

 

"I had just finished directing the film FLOWERS FOR THE DEADand attending the film festivals when my sister Lisa Barbaris (Lauper's longtime manager) recommended me for the 'Funnel of Love' gig, I got the job and we shot the video in Pioneertown, California."

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On location for the "Funnel of Love" music video shoot in Pioneertown, CA. (2016) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

Cyndi Lauper - "Funnel of Love" [Official Music Video]

"I worked with Lori E. Seid, who shot cinematography in both high definition and with Cyndi's 16 millimeter camera," said Barbarisi.

 

"Cyndi likes to incorporate Super 8 or Regular 8 millimeter film to give a vintage look to her videos, so an Old West location like Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace was a perfect setting to film her onstage performance."

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Joe Barbarisi filming Super 8 video for Cyndi Lauper's "Funnel of Love" music video in Pioneertown, CA. (2016)

CYNDI LAUPER "Funnel of Love" Promo Alternate Version (Super 8) (2016) (Video credit: Joe Barbarisi)

“I feel like I earned my spot with the Lauper group and always gave 100% in whatever it was I was asked to do, video or stage work, but Lisa is the one who lead the way," said Barbarisi.

Not my Father's Son

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Joe Barbarisi (center) and Cyndi Lauper in Times Square during the filming of the "Not My Father's Son" video. (9/14/2017) 

Barbarisi filmed the Super 8 footage for the "Not My Father's Son" video featuring Billy Porter and Stark Sands in New York City in 2017. The song is from the Broadway hit KINKY BOOTS, which won Lauper a Tony™ Award for Best Original Score.

Billy Porter, Stark Sands - Not My Father's Son (Acoustic Version) (2017) (Source: Joe Barbarisi)

TOURING WITH CYNDI AND SIR ROD STEWART

"I became assistant to Raymie Kopels (Production Manager / Stage Manager). I’d handle some of the special effects with the stage turntable, backdrop and Kabuki (Japanese theatre), in addition to being the tour videographer," said Barbarisi.

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Cyndi Lauper at the Hollywood Bowl (6/25/2018) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

Sir Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper perform "This Old Heart of Mine" on July 8th, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. (Video credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Cyndi Lauper in Noblesville, Indiana (8/18/2018) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Roger Daltrey of The Who, with Cyndi Lauper in Jones Beach (6/17/2018) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

CYNDI LAUPER: LIVE AT WORLDPRIDE nyc 2019

Joe Barbarisi directed the official video for Lauper's performance at WorldPride 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Cyndi Lauper - True Colors - Live Performance at WorldPride (Official Video) (Director: Joseph Barbarisi) © Phenia Films & So What Arts Media Management. All rights reserved. (06/26/2019)

"It was great to have my own camera crew for this video," said Barbarisi. "I took all my leads from Cyndi - I just did what she asked at rehearsals and before the show."

 

"The key to this video, for me, is the news footage and film reels of The Stonewall Inn from 1969 from Michael Lee. It was a good opener, and gave the piece some texture."

 

Barbarisi also did the post production editing.

BARBARISI'S FILM MAKING INSPIRATION

"It was John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN in 1978 that caught my attention," said Barbarisi. "I had a Super 8 camera since the mid-1970s, but never thought about making my own movies until I saw that film. I was there with my sister Lisa and about 10 of her Waldwick High School buddies."

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Lisa Barbaris (left), her brother Joe Barbarisi and their sister Jill Backherms in Paris. Lisa and Joe were touring with Cyndi Lauper at the time. (7/12/2016)

"HALLOWEEN changed the way I looked at movies. John Carpenter made me want to be a filmmaker." 

Barbarisi also credits directors George A. RomeroOliver Stone, Brian De Palma, Walter Hill and John Hughes as inspirations.

"Christmas of 1980, I got a Honeywell Super 8 movie camera and three rolls of Tri-X Reversal film. We filmed THE UNION CEMETARY with one of the rolls."

Phenia Films THE UNION CEMETERY - YouTube (Director: Joe Barbarisi)

"Film tells a story

&

video tells the truth"

- Joe Barbarisi

FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD

FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD is a Super 8 film released by Barbarisi in 2013 as a tribute to the 1968 movie NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and its director George A. Romero. Barbarisi filmed scenes in the same cemetery as NOTLD in Evans City, Philadelphia.

 

Barbarisi's film was selected as the Audience Choice Short winner during the Macabre Faire Film Festival at the ParaFest 2013 convention in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Flowers for the DEAD video (Source: YouTube/Phenia Films) (Director: Joe Barbarisi)

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Barbarisi featured on the cover of the German publication Cine 8-16. (6/2017)

CYNDI'S MEDIA STASH

"I've been archiving VHS tapes since the early 1980s including Major League Baseball games and The Who appearances from TV, including concerts, rare films and solo projects," said Barbarisi.

He digitalized and remastered Lauper's original video archives including 3/4" studio videotapes, Betamax, PAL and VHS master tapes.

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Cyndi Lauper's media stash (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi/Phenia Films)

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ONE OF JOE'S FAVORITE FINDS: Lauper's copy of the master 3/4" studio tape of “We Are the World” from 1985. (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

CYNDI in Concert

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Cyndi Lauper in Japan (10/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Cyndi Lauper in Tokyo, Japan (10/25/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

Cyndi Lauper in Hiroshima, Japan (10/21/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Joe Barbarisi in Germany. (7/8/2016) (Photo credit: Lisa Barbaris)

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Cyndi Lauper in Toronto, Ontario (8/10/2018) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Cyndi Lauper in Kanazawa, Japan (10/18/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

Super 8 video of Cyndi Lauper performing "Heartaches by the Number" in Vienna, Austria on July 3rd, 2016 (Video credit: Joe Barbarisi) 

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Henry Rollins, Cyndi Lauper and Raymie Kopels prior to Home for the Holidays 9 in Los Angeles. (12/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Cyndi Lauper in Hiroshima (10/21/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Cyndi Lauper in Tokyo, Japan (10/25/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Cyndi Lauper in Hiroshima (10/21/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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William Wittman, Cyndi Lauper and Marilyn Manson prior to Home for the Holidays 9 in Los Angeles, (12/2019) (Photo credit: Joe Barbarisi)

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Band and crew (L to R): William Wittman, Alex Nolan, Lisa Barbaris, Skoota Warner, Joe Barbarisi, Jon Graboff, Elaine Caswell and Cyndi Lauper. (2016)

Hot Seat

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Joe Barbarisi (Photo by Barbarisi's wife Linda Fiordelisi)

Breakfast cereal: None. Two raw eggs in a glass.


Next Halloween costume: Michael Myers


Birthday wish: Just good kids


Fave cartoon: Popeye


Fave movie: The Warriors


Fave song: Any and all The Who


Celebrity run-in: Cheryl Ladd


Celebrity crush: Eva Longoria & Poppy Montgomery


Fragrance: None


What do you drive: Ford Focus


Pet peeve: Vertical video and no hustle


Room service food: I don’t do room service - I walk to the nearest food joint

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