• Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:30:37View | Delete

    We really enjoyed this back-and-forth chat. We’ll definitely keep you posted on all things Sexy Baby! Thanks again for this great opportunity!!

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:24:57View | Delete

    YES! The film can be licensed for community screenings/discussion groups. And we are also licensing the film to Universities and high schools (the film was rated and reviewed by Common Sense Media for kids ages 14 and up):
    http://www.sexybabymovie.com/communityversion.php
    http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/sexy-baby-educational-version

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:20:48View | Delete

    Here’s how to see Sexy Baby:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/sexy-baby/id576021443

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts after seeing the film!

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:18:48View | Delete

    We were surprised by some of the comments from High School and college students. For example, when the high school boys break out into song and start reciting hip-hop lyrics — we were surprised that they actually knew that they were singing about a woman’s nether regions. But after our third or fourth interview, nothing really surprised us any more because these kids were echoing one another. Bottom line: they’re all exposed to much more than we think or acknowledge. It’s almost part of their DNA at this point.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:06:51View | Delete

    Yes, we do indeed think our country is incredibly conflicted about sex and sexuality — on one hand, we’re putting it all out there as a society and on the other hand, we’re in denial that everything is out there. We’re quite prudish and perverted all at once.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:57:44View | Delete

    In fact, I remember writing one of the first stories about Facebook (when Facebook was only used on college campuses — you had to have an edu address) and professors told me that universities started implementing workshops to teach college kids to communicate face-to-face again. It seems all this technology is actually making people feel more disconnected from each other than ever before.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:55:29View | Delete

    Yes, we’re communicating 24/7…and then oddly, we’re communicating in less intimate ways then ever.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:53:25View | Delete

    We shot for about three years and have about 250 hours of footage. Lots on the cutting room floor, obviously with an 83 minute film. The reason it took us three years was because Winnifred literally came of age in the film — and you can’t rush a coming-of-age story. We would spend hours just sitting with her and following her around everywhere she went.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:52:16View | Delete

    Good question! We found our guys and girls-on-the-street pretty much everywhere. We started filming in NYC so we went to Central Park on weekends (it’s the only moderately quite public space in the city) and interviewed college students and people in their 20s. then we wanted to make sure to include voices from all over the country so we interviewed kids wherever we traveled (North Carolina, Minnesota, etc.) when we told people our main character was a NYC kid, they often asked, “well, does this happen in the midwest, the south?” So we wanted people from all regions of the country to answer that question. The answer was: we all have access to the internet, we all show in malls where we see Abercrombie & Fitch models, we all drive past billboards!

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:46:11View | Delete

    Yes. And if you look at mainstream culture (not even anything as extreme as Jon Benet), you will see people like Kim Kardashian getting famous from making a sex tape. MTV culture is everywhere…not just on MTV. Billboards, everyday TV, etc…

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:43:51View | Delete

    We shot for about three years and have about 250 hours of footage. Lots on the cutting room floor, obviously with an 83 minute film. The reason it took us three years was because Winnifred literally came of age in the film — and you can’t rush a coming-of-age story. We would spend hours just sitting with her and following her around everywhere she went.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:39:16View | Delete

    Definitely confusing. For all of us. Ronna and I are from different generations (I’m in my 40s and she’s in her 30s) and though we;re both pretty grounded, we even sometimes obsess about our image online. It’s impossible not to look at yourself and scrutinize. I cannot imagine growing up and coming of age with all this technology and pressure imagewise. Back in the day, it was about liking the cute boy on the playgound. It was about face-to-face flirting, not texting a message that needed to be decoded by 10 of your girlfriends. Yeah, that’s getting a little off track but things used to be simpler and there was much less pressure to look and act a certain way.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:31:26View | Delete

    Yes, we searched for our main teen character for a long time and here’s what struck us when we chatted with her mom Jeni: we met one day after Winnifred’s acting class and we told Jeni about our project. She turned her iPhone around and showed us a video of her youngest daughter doing a sexy dance. The expression on Jeni’s face was half mortification and half amusement. therein lies the conflict of most parents today. You CANNOT shield your kids from what’s literally “everywhere” and at the same time, you don’t want them to be exposed to so much sexiness so soon.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:26:21View | Delete

    We’re not exactly sure where all this self-objectification started (it has been going on for quite some time). But we’re 100% sure that technology is the BIG game changer. Just as one example, most teenagers have a Facebook page and the more “likes” they get, the more popular they are. And what teen doesn’t want to be popular? So the quickest way to get attention is to post a revealing photo…and then it all spirals. Same goes for texting a naked picture. Technology has changed all of our lives, most especially the lives of impulsive teens.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:20:47View | Delete

    When we started exploring the topic, we asked what was to us a very obvious first question: is the porn world and the mainstream world colliding in any way, and if so, how? So we were lucky enough (if you can call it that!) to happen upon a porn convention in Miami. We took a small camera to the convention and began interviewing porn stars and mainstream folks who were there to see their idols. We met Nakita at this convention. she was working for X-Pole selling stripper poles to housewives and college kids. while we chatted with her about the two worlds overlapping, she said something like: “yeah, I don’t really get it. mom’s post YouTube videos of their little girls dancing around mommy’s pole.” And she sort of rolled her eyes not quite understanding this sort of behavior. She had a folksy smart wisdom that spoke to the irony of the situation. In Sexy Baby, Nakita says, “women want to be like Nakita and I just want to be like them…Nichole.”

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:09:35View | Delete

    First of all, thanks for calling our doc smart and important — much appreciated. the two of us met while working at the Miami Herald and we knew nothing about how to shoot a documentary. But I have always loved doc films so when the story emerged (which Ronna is telling you about now), i said to Ronna, “this is such a visual and big story, let’s make a documentary.” And she said, “you’re crazy, we don’t know how to do that.” And that’s where all of this started. You could say that we literally learned on the job.

  • Jill Bauer commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:04:53View | Delete

    Jill here, good to be part of this!

  • commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Christmas Eve Sarajevo (Timeless Version)

    2012-11-30 13:10:59View | Delete

    Hi again!

  • commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Christmas Eve Sarajevo (Timeless Version)

    2012-11-30 13:09:34View | Delete

    Hi Bev!