At one time in America, it was considered unheard of to have a baby out of wedlock…on purpose. It was even more shocking when a woman wanted to give birth and have a child alone, If all that weren’t enough…considering a sperm donor to help the process along was just plain ludicrous.
Especially if the sperm were coming from your gay best friend and his boyfriend.
In the award-winning festival favorite, “Nasty Baby”, Freddy (Sebastian Silva), a Brooklyn artists and his boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) and their best friend Polly (Kristin Wiig) are trying to have a baby. The trio is deals with a cluster of complexities from family members and themselves, when they get great news, however their excitement is quickly thwarted by a really strange, dark turn of events.
Humor is often infused throughout, as that is certainly no surprise with Kristin Wiig onboard. Some of my favorite moments are watching Polly glide on her scooter through the family fused sidewalks of Brooklyn. and when she is trying to self-insert her sperm baby.
Impressed doesn’t even begin to describe the capabilities of Director/Writer/Actor – Sebastian Silva. Silva found a way to express this narrative in a way that’s not preachy, yet the audience gets the message loud and clear. His acting ability is so natural and easy-going that one would never guess that he has never acted before this venture.
Reg E. Cathey, right off his Emmy win for “House of Cards” gives the mentally challenged homeless a face as Bishop. Portraying the most annoying homeless man complete with leaf blower, Bishop annoys anyone he can anytime…anywhere and Cathey is brilliant. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised to see my good girlfriend Lillias White with a small, cameo role as Mo’s Mom.
Having it’s world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, “Nasty Baby” opened nationwide on October 23rd and can also be streamed live via Amazon and VOD.
Enjoy these clips from the press conference I put together with Wiig and Silva.