Led by Senior Executive Producer Danielle Peretz, Wondros Collective has welcomed beauty & lifestyle Director/Photographer Ondrea Barbe. Ondrea joins the diverse Wondros Collective directorial roster, which includes filmmakers & storytellers Jesse Dylan, The Cronenweths, Lee Farber, Stephan Malik, Tamika Miller, Riess|Hill and Lacey Uhlemeyer.
“Ondrea is a prolific beauty and lifestyle Director and Photographer who captures the true essence of her subjects, primarily women,” comments Peretz, who herself has spent her time since joining Wondros in Fall 2019 building a compelling roster of talent, perfectly positioned for this new era of inclusion and creativity.
She adds, “Ondrea has a deep sense of the endless dimensions of womanhood, and cares deeply about humanity and our planet. Ondrea brings everything to her work. She immerses herself fully into each project.”
For Barbe, Wondros Collective embodies the perfect collaborative partnership for the next step in her directorial career. “I have always wanted to make ‘feelings’ visual — to create imagery that touches people and speaks to them, awakening in them something they have already known but maybe were never able to articulate,” she explains. “I think art, photography and film can do this for people, open doors to your heart.
With leaders like Jesse Dylan and Danielle Peretz, Wondros Collective is a company with an open heart — a collective of thinkers and creators who want to leave the world better than how they found it. This is why I am so excited to be a part of this collective!”
Barbe is currently in postproduction on her first, feature-length documentary, “Constant Fleeting.” Filmed and photographed over a period of 10 years, “Constant Fleeting” utilizes vérite family footage, photographs, audio recordings and collage to interrogate the themes of motherhood, marital abuse, alcoholism, forgiveness, and death with wrenching complexity and redemption.
“I always try to inject more love, excitement and joy back into the world,” concludes Ondrea. “We can always laugh more! It helps put a much-needed perspective on the more serious issues of today. If I can be part of creating a little bit of joy and happiness for a wider audience, then I feel successful and a day well-spent. On a macro level, if I can open up people’s hearts to more tenderness, then my goals are getting even closer to being achieved.”
Who is Ondrea Barbe?
Over the past twenty years, Director/Photographer Ondrea Barbe has used her still photography and filmmaking skills to celebrate the female experience — from inspiring stories of breast cancer survivors to advertising campaigns encouraging self-love and acceptance.
Ondrea skillfully and honestly captures and conveys the inner strength and genuine beauty of all women, and strives to highlight the many different expressions of female empowerment for the promotion of positive social change.
She has collaborated on memorable campaigns for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Dove, P&G Breast Cancer awareness and the NFL, Trish McEvoy books, as well as “People Magazine”’s annual “I Lost Half My Weight” covers. Ondrea’s vast client list includes L’Oreal, Garnier, Olay, Clinique, Pantene, Target, Aveeno, Jane Iredale, Mary Kay, P&G, Origins, Elizabeth Arden, Alcon, Acuvue, Roc, Rimmel, Clearasil, and Lenscrafters.
She has created compelling movie posters for “The Real L Word” for Showtime, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Warner Bros Publicity, and “Sex in the City 2,” just to name a few. Her celebrity clients include Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Sigourney Weaver, Mariah Carey, Amanda Seyfried, Rita Ora, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Bell, Salma Hayek and Sally Field.
The host of the NYWIFT Podcast Women Crush Wednesdays, Ondrea has interviewed Nadia Hallgren about her documentary for Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming,” and Deborah Kampmeier about her film “Tape.”
She also serves as a volunteer host for LetsReimagine.org. Ondrea continues to participate in candlelight vigils as part of the “Mourning into Unity” space for those who have died of COVID-19.
Ondrea believes in a world where stories matter equally to each other; because in every one of us there is a heart filled with joy, grief, and love. “Together we all shine brighter.”
Reel 360 wishes Ondrea the best of luck in her new role.