The Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents BABY LOVE, a one-hour documentary by producer/director Carol Cassidy
that looks at the lives of America's youngest mothers.
Together, they reflect the experiences of the 100 young mothers from diverse social, racial, geographic, and economic backgrounds Cassidy
interviewed.Using an approach she
terms "the camera as a sympathetic sister," Cassidy
elicits honest and compelling interviews that get to the heart of the matter.She
soon realized "that it's rare for most girls to talk to someone who listens to them."
With the exceptional cooperation and collaboration of the girls, Cassidy
has crafted a powerful, sincere documentary that entertains and educates.
BABY LOVE producer Carol Cassidy
was no stranger to the real life experiences and challenges facing young mothers.
It's obvious that the girls trust Carol
and trust her
to tell their stories.
"My interviews are one-sided and wide open.They're not like watching people on a see-saw but more like watching them on a swing."Cassidy
interview style (which she
calls "camera as sympathetic sister") while standing with a camera crew on New York City street corners.
Noting that it's rare for most girls to talk to someone who listens to them," Cassidy
says BABY LOVE is "a mosaic built on the stories told by pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers."She
spoke to 100 girls before making her
final selections.The documentary was shot in and around Atlanta and New York City.Cassidy
is passionate about American girls, and it shows.
...CAROL CASSIDY (Producer/Director) was one of twelve women chosen to attend the prestigious Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute (AFI).She
is currently at work on the AFI production of her
first dramatic short entitled Pookie Pink.Cassidy's play "She-Crab Soup" is built partly on interviews she
did with her
grandparents who traveled with a carnival during the Depression, was first staged at Zoink Productions.She was co-producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary Wildwood, New Jersey, which won the Audience Award at the Atlanta International Film and Video Festival, and has screened at numerous festivals throughout the U.S.Cassidy worked as a writer, producer, and field director in news and documentary for CNN and Turner Broadcasting System in New York and at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.She holds a dual degree in Women's Studies and Writing.