Baby Lu, written and directed by Emily Ray Reese, is a queer coming of age story set in rural New Mexico. Based on the screenwriter's own upbringing, Baby Lu is a whirl of circumstances and events grounded in fiction, blended with real-life characters and relationships from Reese's childhood.
This film taps into a rich and relatively unfamiliar culture, exploring the sexual awakening and identity of 13-year-old Lucinda, her relationship with her mountain man father, Zeus, as well as the social, political and economical issues that Reese herself faced in her hometown in rural northern New Mexico.
From Emily Ray Reese:
Growing up with my own mountain man father presented an array of experiences and challenges, which came to a head when I entered my teens and even more so when I realized I was gay. While it was difficult to speak with my father
growing up, we always had a way of tacitly communicating when he’d take me fishing or hunting. These moments bonded us forever, even though we could never openly discuss my sexuality.
I was raised in a ghost town tucked away in the mountains of New Mexico. My parents ended up on this small piece of land after their commune outside of Taos fell apart in the late 70’s. Here they survived off the land as most people in the area still do. Hunting, fishing, and farming earn your right to live in such a beautiful but unforgiving place.
The setting and the character’s of New Mexico provide the inspiration and guide for my creative vision for this film. The cinematography as well as the performances will be directed to feel as beautiful and raw as the towns I grew up in. Striving for the authenticity of New Mexican life will make the subject matter and tone of Baby Lu come alive.
Also, we know how you feel about childhood photos of tomboys.
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