I have a new favorite lesbian movie. I’ve long been a fan of Jamie Babbit and her first feature film But I’m a Cheerleader
. Jamie knows how to make a funny, campy, intelligent film. Her latest is Itty Bitty Titty Committee
. Yes, it’s low budget, but still it blows most lesbian films out of the water.
This is the first feature length film from POWER UP, the company who brought us the short film D.E.B.S. and other festival favorites. POWER UP is non-profit film production company whose mission is to promote the visibility of lesbians in entertainment.
Anna (Melonie Diaz) is down in the dumps. Her girlfriend broke up with her, she didn’t get into the college of her choice and her family is caught up in plans for her sister’s wedding. She’s sleep-walking through her life until one night, as she’s leaving her job at breast enhancement clinic, she meets Sadie (Nicole Vicius). Anna catches Sadie defacing the building with feminist graffiti. Sadie tells Anna about the radical feminist group she's a part of Clits in Action or C(I)A. Anna is intrigued.
Thus ensues Anna’s climbing out of her depression, finding her voice and joining a community where she belongs. But any lesbian who’s been involved in any kind of group knows, lesbian drama is bound to ensue. Whether you’re trying to change the world, playing softball or putting on a play, get a group of dykes together and passion for each other is often as strong as passion for the cause.
Lively Soundtrack - Riot Grrl Bands
Clits in Action Undercover© Adriana Torres
Set to a soundtrack of riot grrrl bands like Le Tigre, Bikini Kill and Team Dresh, Itty Bitty Titty Committee
moves at the pace of it’s soundtrack. And like the music, it’s sometimes raw, sometimes sweet, oftentimes funny, but always entertaining.
Although there are a few things in Itty Bitty Titty Committee that seem implausible, my biggest criticism is that the film is set in the present. I just don't see the youth of today involved in the kind of activism the Clits in Action take on. I was transported back to my days as a Lesbian Avenger in the early 90s. But who knows, maybe this film will inspire some new radical feminist micro-cells to pop up around the nation.
Fun Movie - Fun Cast
A great cast is embellished by the likes of Jenny Shimizu, who plays a jaded dyke roommate, Guinevere Turner, a conservative talk show host and former 30-Something actress Melanie Mayron as Sadie's lover. Daniela Sea (Max on The L Word) plays Calvin, a hot ex-army gal who likes to blow things up.
Don't Miss this Movie!
Melonie Diaz and Daniela Sea in Itty Bitty Titty Committee© Adriana Torres
Everything come to a head (literally) as the girls attempt to pull off one last outrageous action, the likes of which has never been seen in American cinema. Itty Bitty Titty Committee is a must-see film!