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iW: ‘Itty Bitty’ Coverage from Berlin

iW: 'Itty Bitty' Coverage from Berlin

In their latest dispatch from the Berlin Film Festival, indieWIRE’s Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez take a closer look at three fest titles, including Jamie Babbit’s Itty Bitty Titty Committee, which will have its North American Premiere at SXSW next month. From the write-up following the film’s premiere screening:

The film itself came from within an activist group. It was produced by POWER UP (Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up), the six-year-old organization aimed at supporting diversity and the visibility of lesbians in entertainment.

“Music was a big inspiration of the movie,” explained Babbit, after a screening of the film here in Berlin. She used a considerable amount of material Washington-based punk and alternative rock label, Kill Rock Stars. Her own participation in radical groups of the ’90s also provided some of the backdrop for “Itty Bitty.” “I started noticing common themes in [AIDS activist group] ACT UP and lesbian micro-groups,” said Babbit, after a rousing showing here in Germany. “The politics were important, but sex was also a motivation.”

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