We are constantly amazed at the challenges girls are presented with today. When we were growing up things just didn’t seem as complicated. With the Internet and social media bringing sex and sexual content right into our homes, we have often wondered what the impact is on young girls and women today. The new feature documentary film, Sexy Baby, gives us an inside look into the new cultural shift taking a hold of America. Intimate, candid conversations and personal storytelling expose this new reality. It is shocking and disturbing, but also a wake up call.
About the Directors
Co-Directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus met while working at the Miami Herald when they began to play around with the idea of creating a documentary film. Starting with a small test camera, they were able to see how quickly people would open up about sex, relationships and the shift technology seemed to be creating in peoples lives. “With a taste of what adventures could be ahead, we took the crazy plunge, left our jobs and put on directors’ hats. Because we had never worn these hats before, the next three years were exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, scary and hilarious… sometimes all at the same time. And we made it to the finish line!”
Jill Bauer, Co-Director, Producer, Sound Operator, was 15 when she landed her first interview with Barbara Walters and was so taken by the interview process that she never stopped asking questions. Bauer is a Hearst and SPJ award-winning journalist and has written for and edited several magazines and newspapers including Esquire, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, and launched Smart Kid, and is the author of From “I Do” to “I’ll Sue”: An Irreverent Compendium for Survivors of Divorce.
Ronna Gradus, Co-Director, Producer, Director of Photography, was born and raised in New York City. Since a young age she loved to watch people, so when a camera was placed in her hand a documentarian emerged. She graduated with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and began her career as a photojournalist. Most notably she was a staff photographer at The Miami Herald. While there, she was sent on several assignments in Cuba and covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.