A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

KITTY TELLS THE STORY OF BABY GIRL’S JOURNEY BACK HOME JUXTAPOSED TO AJ’S FALL INTO A DOWNWARD SPIRAL AFTER THEY MEET ON THE STREETS OF ATLANTA, TRYING TO SURVIVE FROM BEING SHUNNED BY THEIR OWN PARENTS, RESULTING IN TWO VERY DIFFERENT OUTCOMES. IT’S A STORY WE THINK WE’VE HEARD PLENTY OF TIMES BEFORE, BUT IT’S OUR JOB AS FILMMAKERS TO SUBVERT THOSE EXPECTATIONS AND DELIVER A FILM THAT WILL TAKE AUDIENCES BY SURPRISE. 

IN AN ATTEMPT TO HELP OUT AJ, WHO IS DESPERATE FOR MONEY, BABY GIRL TEACHES HIM THE TOOLS OF HER TRADE; LEARNING HOW TO STEAL AND MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS IN EXCHANGE FOR A CELL PHONE AND PROTECTION FROM HER PIMP, DADDY. AFTER HEARING HER FRIEND PEDRO HAS POTENTIALLY GOTTEN THE “KITTY” (CONTRACTING HIV), BABY GIRL EXPLAINS TO AJ THAT PEDRO HAS HIT THE JACKPOT. FROM THAT POINT ON PEDRO WOULD BE OFF THE STREETS AND GIVEN GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE. TIRED OF BEING HOMELESS, AJ MAKES A PACT WITH BABY GIRL TO SEE WHO COULD FIRST CONTRACT HIV.

BECAUSE OF HOW SPECIFICALLY CONNECTED THIS STORY IS TO THE LIVES OF QUEER KIDS EVERYWHERE, WE FEEL IT’S IMPORTANT TO CAST OUT GAY/QUEER ACTORS IN AT LEAST THREE OF THE MAIN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS (RAVER GUY, OLDER BEAR, JEFFREY) AS WELL AS HAVING ALL OF OUR TRANS CHARACTERS (BABY GIRL, DESIREE, LATAVIA, AND SEVERAL OTHERS) PLAYED BY BOTH YOUNG, TRANS NEWCOMERS AND ESTABLISHED TRANS ACTRESSES. SINCE THIS STORY BELONGS TO THEM, IT SHOULD BE TOLD FROM WITHIN OUR OWN COMMUNITY, AND WE WOULDN’T DO IT ANY OTHER WAY. WE WANT TRANS AND QUEER ACTORS FINDING THE TRUTH IN THESE BEAUTIFULLY COMPLEX CHARACTERS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, BABY GIRL AND AJ, OUR MAIN CHARACTERS, ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE FRONT AND CENTER, AND THE SOLE PURPOSE OF THE FILMMAKER IS TO SHINE A LIGHT ON THEM AND AMPLIFY THEIR VOICES AS HEROES OF THEIR OWN STORY, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING KIDS LIKE THEM HAVE BEEN SILENCED AND KEPT IN THE DARK IN THE REAL WORLD FOR FAR TOO LONG.

 

CHUCHO E. QUINTERO, DIRECTOR

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