Jamie Babbit and The Quiet

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By Michael Guillén

"I wanted to do something that was a little darker."

Beginning in the entertainment industry as a script supervisor, Jamie Babbit made her directorial debut in 1999 with But I'm a Cheerleader, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and played at Sundance, Rotterdam, and Créteil, where it earned the Best Young Director and the Audience Award. That year, Variety also named her as one of "10 Filmmakers to Watch." She has since directed episodes for numerous television shows, including Popular, Nip/Tuck, Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle and The Bernie Mac Show; and she's directed several short features, including Frog Crossing, Sleeping Beauties and Stuck, winner of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival's Special Mention Jury Prize.

It's been nearly seven years since your last feature, But I'm a Cheerleader. You've hardly been a couch potato during that time period, though you have been catering to couch potatoes with several successful TV gigs.

[Chuckling] Exactly.

What brought you back around to doing your feature-length film, The Quiet?

After But I'm A Cheerleader, I had wanted to do something that was a little darker. I was trying to get movies financed and couldn't seem to crack it, so I decided to actually self-finance a short film. Stuck is a sad story about two women who were in their 80s who had a terrible relationship and accidentally ran over someone. They then get into a fight about it on the side of the road and break up. It was a movie that had a dark brown color palette. It was very different from But I'm a Cheerleader. It was very sad but there were some funny aspects to it. And I won a Jury Prize at Sundance for it!

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