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Andrea Sperling (born c. 1968/69) is an independent film producer based in Los Angeles. The films she has produced include Totally Fucked Up, But I'm a Cheerleader, D.E.B.S. and Itty Bitty Titty Committee and the Sundance Top Prize winning Like Crazy.

Andrea Sperling
Born1968/1969 (age 49–50)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1990)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1992–present
StyleNew Queer Cinema
Spouse(s)Jamie Babbit (div.)


Early life and educationEdit

Sperling attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she took classes under Gregg Araki.[1][2] While enrolled, she interned during the summers at Avenue Pictures.[3] She graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in Film History, Theory and Criticism.[4][5]


Upon graduation, Sperling's former professor, Gregg Araki, asked her to work with him on The Living End.[2] The duo would continue their partnership into Araki's next three movies — Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, and Nowhere — which were collective dubbed the "Teen Apocalypse Trilogy".[6] The trilogy has been characterized as "... teen alienation, hazy sexuality and aggression."[7]

Sperling has been credited with helping to launch the New Queer Cinema movement with her films dating as far back as the 1990s.[8]

In 2014, Sperling branched into television, working on the Golden Globe Award-winning series Transparent.[8] She was elevated to executive producer in 2015.[9]

Awards and honorsEdit

She was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2014.[10] Sperling was named as a member of the 2008 and 2015 Out100 class by Out.[8][11]

Personal lifeEdit

Sperling is based in Los Angeles, California.[3][4] She is a lesbian and was previously married to colleague, Jamie Babbit, with whom she has two children.[8][12][13]

Sperling has sat on the board of directors of non-profit organization and film production company POWER UP and was with the organization from the beginning.[4][14][15]



  1. ^ Taubin, Amy (September 7, 1999). "Market Forces". The Village Voice. New York City. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Faggioli, Claire (June 24, 2007). "Andrea Sperling, powering up". Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Bowen, Peter (September 1996). "BRINGING UP INDIE". Artforum. New York City. Archived from the original on 2016-09-10. Retrieved July 21, 2016 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ a b c Wolfe, Kathy (May 2, 2007). "Andrea Sperling Presented with the Wolfe Achievement Award". Archived from the original on May 9, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "NOBODY WALKS". Magnolia Pictures. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  6. ^ Hart, Kylo-Patrick R. (September 20, 2010). Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780739139974.
  7. ^ O'Connell, Ryan (January 31, 2011). "The Work of Gregg Araki: Teenagers, Aliens and Shoegaze". Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d "Out100: Andrea Sperling". Out. November 9, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  9. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (June 25, 2015). "Amazon's 'Transparent' Scores Third Season, Creator Jill Soloway Signs Overall Deal (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  10. ^ "Meet the 2015-2016 Women at Sundance Fellows and Their Mentors". Sundance Institute. November 4, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "ACTRESS & PRODUCER CALPERNIA ADDAMS & ANDREA SPERLING". Out. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Bendix, Trish (July 18, 2014). ""Transparent" is progressive storytelling at its very best". Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  13. ^ Piccoli, Dana (August 23, 2014). "Natasha Lyonne and Jamie Babbit to team up again in "Fresno"". Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  14. ^ "Honorary Board of Directors". POWER UP. Archived from the original on November 27, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  15. ^ Gomez, Enrique (April 4, 2007). "Interview with Jamie Babbit and Lisa Thrasher". Archived from the original on September 2, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2016.

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