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 and to the rawness of teen-hood as it is a portrait of the awkward terrain of coming into one's own body, 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, creative director, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. 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 taught documentary filmmaking in NYC High Schools for a decade. This film was inspired by and created in collaboration with former students, some of whom star in the film.

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


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