Film phase: Completed
An ex-adult film star, a 12-year-old girl, and a 22-year-old who yearns for “normal” private parts are chronicled in this thought-provoking documentary about how pornography, social media, and pop culture affect women and girls.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Sexy Baby is co-directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus.
Jill Bauer, a Hearst and SPJ award-winning journalist, has written for and edited several magazines and newspapers including Esquire, The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times; she also launched Smart Kid, a national parenting magazine. She is the author of the non-fiction humor book From “I Do” to “I’ll Sue”: An Irreverent Compendium for Survivors of Divorce (Penguin Books).
Ronna Gradus, a photojournalist, was previously a staff photographer at The Miami Herald. She was dubbed by editors as one of the strongest among the 22-member photography staff, was sent on several assignments in Cuba, and covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Sexy Baby had its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival, followed by an international premier at Hot Docs and a European premier at IDFA. Sexy Baby won the Best Film by New Directors award at the Traverse City Film Festival where Michael Moore said, “You have not seen a film like this, there is no film like this.” The film had its broadcast premier on Showtime in December, 2012 and a digital release on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, and other digital platforms, and has been purchased by numerous universities and high schools worldwide. Sexy Baby was also featured at national conferences, including The National Public Health Association and The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The film and filmmakers were featured on the Today Show, Nightline, CNN’s Headline News and Dr. Drew on Call, Access Hollywood, and the Steve Harvey Show.