hsIt isn’t easy keeping up with mainstream expectations and now, thanks to the Internet, the pressure to meet certain standards bears down on women of all ages, 24/7. With our culture becoming increasingly sexualized on a widespread level, documentary filmmakers Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus opt to address the issue from a far more intimate standpoint, putting the focus on three women at very different stages of life, but all still feeling and reacting to the need to be seen in a certain light.
We’ve got Winnifred, a 12-year-old middle school student who is wise beyond her years, but still feels the pressure to appease peers’ expectations on Facebook. Then there’s Laura, a 22-year-old kindergarten teacher willing to endure labiaplasty to ensure she’s attractive everywhere and also Nichole (aka Nakita Kash), a former porn star teaching pole dancing classes with hopes of starting a family.
Bauer and Gradus may have been filmmaking novices, but the pair knew they isolated a subject worth exploring, so took the plunge, found their characters and assembled “Sexy Baby.” After a successful festival run with packed theaters and strong reviews, Bauer and Gradus still strive to keep the dialogue flowing through a digital and VOD release. With an education-specific distribution effort on the horizon, Bauer and Gradus sat down to discuss what it took to make their first feature a reality, the challenge of narrowing down the vast amount of research, their hopes for “Sexy Baby’s” future and more.
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