Director: Itty Bitty Titty CommitteeVoted by Variety as one of 10 Filmmakers to Watch, Babbit made her feature film directorial début with But I’m a Cheerleader, a stylized comedy that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and played at Sundance, Rotterdam, and Créteil, where it earned the Best Young Director and the Audience Award. Starring Natasha Lyonne of The Slums of Beverly Hills, Clea Duvall of The Faculty, Cathy Moriarity of Raging Bull and RuPaul, But I’m a Cheerleader became Lion’s Gate Films’ biggest commercial success of 2000.
Babbit’s second feature film The Quiet, a suburban thriller starring Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Bell, Martin Donovan and Edie Falco world premiered in September at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. Sony Classic released the film in the Spring of 2006.
Previously, Babbit directed several acclaimed short films including Stuck, winner of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Mention Jury Prize, the HBO/Planet Out Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Channel 4 BBC Grand Jury Prize. Babbit’s other shorts include Sleeping Beauties and Frog Crossing both of which premiered at Sundance and played at over 60 other festivals and are available on DVD and can be seen on the Sundance Channel.
Babbit also has enjoyed success as a television producer/director, serving as both for the WB television series Popular, as well as directing episodes of such critically acclaimed shows as Ugly Betty, The L Word, Alias, Nip/Tuck, Malcolm in the Middle and The Gilmore Girls. She began in the entertainment industry as a script supervisor, working on more than 10 films for directors like David Fincher (The Game), Su Friedrich (Hide and Seek), Nancy Savoca (If These Walls Could Talk) and Alex Sichel (All Over Me). Babbit graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1993. She is an advisory board member of the Director’s Guild of America Independent Directors Committee and an Honorary Board of Director for the Professional Organization of Women in Film Reaching Up.
Philadelphia native, she attributes her passion for filmmaking to divine intervention. Although writing screenplays is her true love, Katrina claims poetry and song writing are her mistresses. She recently finished writing her second feature Kathy’s Daughter, an autobiography, along with a few shorts and TV pilots she’s working on distributing.
Writer/Director: Tick Tock Lullaby
Lisa Gornick was born and lives in London. Her first job was a Russian Chanteuse caberet act where she philosophised about life in the UK amidst a set of improvised songs. She also wrote several plays including Only Men Need Apply about trying to get into politics and My Daughter Carries the Gun about women’s role in resistance. Moving into film she made various shorts before embarking on her first feature, Do I Love You? in 2003 – a philosophical comedy about love and its lables. It won three awards at international festivals. Tick Tock Lullaby is her second feature which came out in 2007.
Rustin’s partner for the last decade of his life, Naegle serves as Executive Director of the Bayard Rustin Fund, promoting his vision of a more peaceful and equitable world. An accomplished photographer, he accompanied Rustin on a visit to SA in 1983 to assess the prospects for nonviolent, democratic change.
Producer/Director: Brother Outsider
Bennett Singer, a New York-based filmmaker and writer, produced and directed Brother Outsider with Bay Area filmmaker Nancy Kates. His previous documentary credits include the Emmy- and Peabody-winning Eyes On The Prize II; With God On Our Side: The Rise Of The Religious Right In America; and The Question Of Equality, a public television series on LGBT rights. Among his writing/editing credits are Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian, an award-winning anthology for young people; 42 UP, the companion book to Michael Apted’s documentary series; and The Student Body, a novel of suspense published by Random House. Bennett served for eight years as Executive Editor of TIME Magazine’s education program and is currently at work on a new documentary that takes an irreverent look at America’s dysfunctional system of voting. Download Bennet’s Resume.
Producer: Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Thrasher produced POWER UP’s first feature film “Itty Bitty Titty Committee;” Directed by Jamie Babbit; Starring Melonie Diaz (Assassination of a High School President, Hamlet 2, American Son, Be Kind Rewind, Guide to Recognizing Your Saints – garnering a 2007 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Actress Nomination, Lords of Dogtown, Raising Victor Vargas), Nicole Vicius (Last Days, Delirious), Carly Pope (Dirt, Popular), Melanie Mayron (thirtysomething), Leslie Grossman (Miss Congeniality 2, What I Like About You), Daniella Sea (the L word), Jimmi Simpson (Herbie Fully Loaded, D.E.B.S.) and Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, the L word). Itty Bitty Titty Committee made its World premiere at Berlinale 2007, where it was nominated for a Teddy Award, its US Premiere at South by Southwest where it won the “Best Narrative Feature Film Jury Award.” ITTY also won the following awards: FilmOut San Diego Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008 – Best Narrative Feature Audience Award; FilmOut San Diego Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008 – Best Soundtrack Award; FilmOut San Diego Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008 – Outstanding Artistic Achievement Director; GLAAD Media Awards 2008 – Best Film Limited Release Award Nominee; Melbourne Queer Film festival 2007 – Best Narrative Feature Audience Award; Mostra Lambda Barcelona Int’l G&L Film Festival 2007 – Best Lesbian Feature Audience Award; Outtakes New Zealand GLBT Film Festival 2007 – Best Narrative Feature Audience Award; Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2007 – Best Narrative Feature Jury Award; QCinema: Ft. Worth GLBT Film Festival 2007 – Best Lesbian Feature Jury Award; Tampa Int’l G&L Film Festival 2007 – Best Lesbian Feature Audience Award; Zinegoak Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008 – Best Film Lesbian & Gender Special Award. ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE is being released world-wide in 2008.
As the President of Film Production & Distribution for POWER UP, Thrasher has Executive Produced Jamie Donahue’s “Billy’s Dad is a Fudge-Packer,” starring Robert Gant & Cady Huffman and “Prom-troversy” directed by Leanna Creel and starring Jane Lynch; Thrasher Produced James Burkhammer’s “Starcrossed,” starring Marshall Allman & John Wesley Shipp and Cherien Dabis’ “Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother,” starring Jane Lynch & Jacob Vargas; Thrasher Co-Produced Buboo Kakati’s “The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder,” starring Melanie Lynskey & Kelli Simpkins; and Associate Produced Maryann Marino’s “Intent,” starring Holland Taylor and Colette Burson’s, “Little Black Boot,” written by Cherien Dabis and starring Jane Lynch & Dania Ramirez. POWER UP also developed, financed and produced the following short films: STUCK, CHICKEN NIGHT, BREAKING UP REALLY SUCKS, DEBS, GIVE OR TAKE AN INCH, FLY CHERRY.
“Billy’s Dad is a Fudge-Packer,” “Little Black Boot,” “DEBS” and “Stuck” were Official Selections of the Sundance Film Festival, “Stuck” received an honorable mention. “Stuck,” “DEBS,” “Prom-troversy” and “Little Black Boot” won the PlanetOut Short Film Grand Prize Award and “Starcrossed” won the PlanetOut Best Drama Award. “DEBS” was picked up by Sony’s Screen Gems and made into an award winning feature of the same name.
Professor: In 2008, Thrasher taught Producing Independent & Women’s Films as a Guest Professor at Chung Ang University’s Film School in Seoul, Korea. Thrasher’s Independent Film producing class is a comprehensive and detailed education in all aspects of Film Producing, including Acquiring a Script, Pre-Production, Production, Post Production, Contracts, Legal Rights & Responsibilities, Film Festivals, Distribution, Anti-Piracy Protection and more. Thrasher also teaches Film Production & Producing for POWER UP.
Film Festivals: Thrasher served as a: Short Film Screener for the 2005 and 2006 SUNDANCE Film Festivals; Juror at the 2005 TORINO Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Juror and Panelist at the 2005 TOKYO Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Panelist at the 2005 MIX BRASIL Film Festival; Moderator of Frameline’s 2006 Persistent Vision: We Want Our Dykeback Mountain, Why is it so hard for lesbians to get features made? With panelists: Jamie Babbit, Angela Robinson, and Guinevere Turner; Panelist on “Sex Scenes Stay Hard” at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival with panelist John Cameron Mitchell; Panelist on GLBT Filmmaking at the 2007 Q-CON Conference; Panelist on GLBT Rights & Films at the Mostra Lambda Barcelona GLBT Film Festival 2007; and Panelist on Film Production at the Taiwan Women Makes Waves Film Festival 2007.
Legal: In the five years prior to POWER UP, Thrasher did International & Domestic Anti-Piracy Litigation and Trademark Prosecution for the Intellectual Property Department of Fox Group Legal (“Fox”) – the parent company over 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Sports, Fox Broadcasting and all other International and Domestic Fox subsidiaries. While at Fox, Thrasher sat on the Motion Picture Association’s (“MPAA”) Anti-Piracy Litigation Committee where she worked – in conjunction with the other six member studios, Universal, Warner Bros., Disney, MGM, Sony and Paramount – to bring civil and criminal cases against businesses, and individuals, illegally profiting from the studios’ motion picture films Worldwide and on the Internet. Thrasher also represented Fox in meetings with high-ranking International Government Officials – Presidents, Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers – to lobby those governments to make their Intellectual Property laws more protective for the major U.S. Entertainment & Motion Picture Film Studios.
While in Law School, Thrasher law clerked in the Licensing and Merchandising Department of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation – drafting International and Domestic Licensing contracts; and California Lawyers for the Arts – assisting artists and filmmakers in protecting their own work and to avoid infringements of others.
Documentary Film Production: Thrasher worked with two Documentary Film Producers and two Documentary Film Directors in New York City; Washington D.C.; and Richmond, Virginia on the productions of Documentaries, Industrials and News Magazines. Thrasher was also a Assistant Editor.
Photography: Thrasher’s Fine Art Photography, has been exhibited at Art Galleries in New York City, Virginia and France. Thrasher is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, which provides artists with a year long stipend on which to live and for to be able to create new works.
Education: Thrasher earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2000. Thrasher studied Film, Video, Photography and Fine Art at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, California; Parsons School of Design, in New York, New York; Studio Art Centers International (S.A.C.I.) in Florence, Italy; and in 1990 received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Photography from the School of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia, where Thrasher directed short films of her own.