Synopsis: 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-American 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.
Jessie Levandov is an award winning filmmaker, artist, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her queer documentary series Signified was presented by the Guggenheim Lab, and her film The Greggs won the Spirit Award at Slamdance. Her work has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and Them – and in institutions such as Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in NYC. Her latest film, Baby, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film at Outfest Film Festival, shortlisted for the Iris Prize, and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Jessie received her BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mala Forever, a radical feminist film and digital studio.