Baby is a queer coming-of-age love story that introduces us to the world of Ali, a Dominican teenager from the Bronx, on a Saturday afternoon.

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About the Film

Baby is a queer, coming-of-age love story that confronts themes of LGBTQ identity and toxic masculinity by introducing us to the world of Ali, a Dominican teenager from the Bronx. Shot stylistically as narrative cinema verite, Baby is as much an ode to New York City and to the rawness of teen-hood as it is a tender portrait of a young person coming into their own queerness and desire.

2019 | 8 Minutes I Drama I 16:9 I Color
English and Spanish (with English subtitles) l Screening Format: DCP and ProRes

ThE Filmmakers

Jessie Levandov

Writer - Director

Jessie Levandov is an award winning filmmaker, visual artist, and educator. Her recent film Baby was awarded the Gand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film at Outfest Film Festival and is playing at film festivals nationally and internationally. Her queer documentary series Signified was presented by the Guggenheim Lab, and her short film The Greggs won the Spirit Award at Slamdance. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of MALA FOREVER and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Nina Reyes Rosenberg


Nina is a countercultural filmmaker and creative producer whose work is grounded in her point of view as a mixed-race first-generation Mexican American and Jewish woman. Her feature-length screenplay La Paz was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Latino Screenwriting Project. Her short films, Organism and Invisible Men, have won press and played at festivals around the world including Outfest, Frameline, and HBO: New York Latino Film Festival. Nina is the Co-Founder and CEO of MALA FOREVER and is based in Los Angeles.

José Andrés Cardona

Director of Photography

José Andrés Cardona (Andrés) is a New York City based cinematographer with over ten years of experience shooting and camera operating for feature film, short film, commercial, documentary, music video, time lapse, and stop motion content. Andrés wrote, directed and premiered his most recent short film, 'Sundays' at SXSW in 2019. He has shot content for brands such as Oscar de la Renta, L'OREAL Gatorade, Rag and Bone, and Valentino.


Ali - Ali Mian
Solo - Soloman ‘Solo’ Breland
Safiya - Safiya Durning
Caro - Caroline Kempchinsky
Justice - Justice Doyle
Helen - Helen Bauer
Rob - Rob Locke
Sunny - Sana Azim
Shabazz - Ryheeme ‘Shabazz’ Bell
Barber - Isaac Burgos
Bodega Guy 1 - Ebrima Barnett
Bodega Guy 2 - Adam Barnett
Camille - Camille Marcis
Fruie - Fruie Marcis


Writer, Director & Editor - Jessie Levandov
Producer - Nina Reyes Rosenberg
Executive Producers Nina Reyes Rosenberg, Jessie Levandov
Director of Photography - José Andrés Cardona
Production Sound - Brennan McVicar
Associate Producer - Ali Mian
Sound Designer - Lucas Sanoff
Music Supervisor - Kristin Genovese
Stills Photographer - Orlando Ramos
Production Assistant - Auston Bjorkman


5/25/19 - Inside Out Film Festival. Toronto ON

6/21/19 - Frameline Film Festival @ Castro Theater. San Francisco, CA

7/21/19 - Outfest Film Festival. Los Angeles, CA

9/21/19 - Oslo Fusion Film Festival. Oslo, Norway

10/10/19 - “In My Mind” LGBTQ Mental Health Conference @ The New School. New York, NY

10/12/19 - Dayton LGBTQ Film Festival. Dayton, Ohio

10/12/19 - BENT Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival. Sacramento, CA

10/10-10/20 - Seattle Queer Film Festival. Seattle, WA

10/24/19 @ 9:15pm - NEWFEST Film Festival. New York, NY

10/27/19 @ 1:45pm - NEWFEST Film Festival. New York, NY


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film @ Outfest Film Festival

Mala Forever