Andrea Sperling

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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.)

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.

Early life and education[edit]

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 honors[edit]

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 life[edit]

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. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  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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