Just Do It! I sometimes hate this mantra because it puts me on notice to stop thinking and - start doing.
John Badalamenti was born and raised in Queens and comes from a family of musicians and actors; his father Steve was a jazz musician, his uncle Angelo Badalamenti is a musical composer for movies and TV, and his younger brother Stephen is a NYC SAG actor.
John was trained in color retouching and photographic techniques at a graphic arts trade house in NYC serving Madison Avenue ad agencies. He then moved on to real estate/architectural photography, videography, and drone-aerial work before starting his documentary film company in Arizona, Desert Horse Media LLC.

While John enjoyed architectural photography, he got a real buzz doing property & aerial /drone video work. One thing led to another, and he found that independent documentary film work was his real passion. John moved to the greater Phoenix Arizona area four years ago from the East Coast and the documentary film world, which led to his first feature documentary film project which he produced, directed, and edited along with his collaborator Jessica Maxwell (who did the cinematography and wrote the script on this project): Horse Heroes - A true story about Arizona women who dedicate their life's work to helping both horses and humans live better lives.
Horse Heroes is available on Amazon Prime Video and is available for sale on DVD and Blu Ray.
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    Horse Heroes2021
    Documentary, Feature
  • Director (1 Credit)
    Horse Heroes2021
    Documentary, Feature
Official Selection
Horse Heroes
Chandler International Film Festival
Chandler, Arizona
2022
Semi-Finalist/Best Feature Documentary
Horse Heroes
Stockholm City Film Festival
Stockholm
Nominee/Best Womens Film
Horse Heroes
4th Dimension Independent Film Festival
Bali
Nominee/Best Womens Film
Horse Heroes
Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
Paris
Winner/Best First-Time Documentary
Horse Heroes
Lulea Film Festival
Lulea
Nominee
Horse Heroes
The Monthly Film Festival-TMFF
Glasgow
Winner/Best Womens Film
Horse Heroes
Airflix Film Festival
Finalist
Horse Heroes
Multi-Dimension Film Festival
Official Selection/Best Womens Film
Horse Heroes
4th Dimension Film Festival
Bali
Honorable Mention
Horse Heroes
New York International Film Festival-NIFA
New York
Semi-Finalist/Best Documentary Long Form
Horse Heroes
Paris Play Film Festival
Paris
Award of Recognition/Documentary Feature, Disability Issues
Horse Heroes
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla
Finalist
Horse Heroes
La Femme Independent Film Festival La Femme Independent Film Festival
Paris
BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Horse Heroes
8 & Halfilm Awards
Rome
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Horse Heroes
Sweet Democracy Award
Rome
Outstanding Achievement Award
Horse Heroes
Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards 2022
Kolkata
Critics Choice Award
Horse Heroes
Tagore International Film Festival 2022
Birbhum
Finalist
Horse Heroes
Cineplay International Film Festival 2022
Finalist
Horse Heroes
Bright International Film Festival 2021
London
Honorable Mention
Horse Heroes
Oniros Film Awards® - New York 2022
New York
Winnie Winner
Horse Heroes
EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021
Ocala, Florida
Nominee
Horse Heroes
Cannes World Film Festival
Cannes, French Riviera
Nickname
John B.
Birth City
Brooklyn, New York
Current City
Metro Phoenix, Arizona
"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been" - .Wayne Gretzky
Just Do It! I sometimes hate this mantra because it puts me on notice to stop thinking and - start doing.