The Butch and the Baby Daddy

Alex has wanted to have a baby almost as long as she can remember. But how is a trans/butch lesbian supposed to get sperm? When she considers asking Mateo, a close gay friend of hers, Alex is forced to investigate what she really values.

  • Karleen Pendleton Jiménez
    Director
    Butch Coyolxauhqui, Tomboy
  • Barb Taylor
    Director
    Bobbi and Sheelagh, Tomboy, Peaceosaurus
  • Karleen Pendleton Jiménez
    Writer
    Tomboy
  • Madi Piller
    Producer
  • Alexandra Castillo
    Key Cast
    "Alex"
    Rookie Blue
  • Jose Arias
    Key Cast
    "Mateo"
    ‘Odd Squad’ (PBS/TVO), ’Conviction’ (ABC), ‘Alphas’ (Syfy) & ‘Amazon’ (Alliance Atlantis), Rookie Blue’ (ABC/Global)
  • Lido Pimienta
    Musician
    Polaris Prize 2016
  • Kate Reid
    Musician
  • Carla Murray
    Sound design
    Lost
  • Alejandra Nunez
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 7, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Reframe Film Festival
    Peterborough
    Canada
    January 26, 2023
    North American
  • Reelout Queer Film Festival
    Kingston
    Canada
    February 4, 2023
  • Queer East Midlands Film Festival
    East Midlands
    United Kingdom
    February 23, 2023
    United Kingdom
  • beefilmfestival

    Brazil
    February 12, 2023
    Brazil
  • Bendigo Queer Film Festival
    bendigo
    Australia
    March 19, 2023
    Australian
  • Newark LGBTQ Film Festival
    Newark
    United States
    April 14, 2023
    U.S.
  • Cinema Systers Film Festival
    Paducah
    United States
    May 25, 2023
    Kentucky
  • Fishnets Film Festival
    Emeryville
    United States
    March 30, 2023
    California
    Best Original Story
  • Mix México Festival
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    June 25, 2023
    Mexico
  • Latina Independent Film Extravaganza
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 5, 2023
    Los Angeles
  • Reel Out Charlotte
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    United States
    May 27, 2023
  • Animaqueer

    Brazil
    May 15, 2023
  • DesMoines Latino Festival
    DesMoines
    United States
    June 18, 2023
  • Seattle Latino
    Seattle
    United States
    September 17, 2023
  • Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival
    palm springs
    United States
    September 24, 2023
  • San Antonio QFest
    San Antonio
    United States
    October 1, 2023
  • The Women’s Film Festival
    Philadelphia
    United States
    October 8, 2023
    Philadelphia
  • LATAFF
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 21, 2023
    Toronto
  • Queer Hamilton Film Fest
    Hamilton
    Canada
    October 15, 2023
    Hamilton
  • 2023 Reel Q
    Pittsburgh
    United States
    October 22, 2023
    Pittsburgh
  • Slovak Queer Film Festival

    Slovakia
    November 19, 2023
  • Latino Film Market
    New York
    United States
    June 18, 2023
    Best International Animation
Distribution Information
  • CFMDC
    Distributor
    Country: Canada
Director Biography - Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Barb Taylor

Karleen is the author of the memoir How to Get a Girl Pregnant, the original content on which this short is based. Her short film Butch Coyolxauhqui looking at queer body image, fatphobia, and reclamation was created in 2016. She is the screenwriter for the award-winning animation short Tomboy. Recently she was Script Editor for Barb Taylor’s films Bobbi and Sheelagh and Queen Maeve. She has written four books: Are You a Boy or a Girl? (2000), How to Get a Girl Pregnant (2011). Tomboys and Other Gender Heroes: Confessions from the Classroom (2016) and the recent young adult The Street Belongs to Us. The first two were finalists for the Lambda Literary Award. Her short stories and personal essays have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including “Downtown” in Queers Were Here: Heroes and Icons of Queer Canada (2016).

Barb Taylor creates animated films and digital stories. Barb is currently working on her first animated feature, Queen Maeve. based on a legendary queer Irish leader. She’s just wrapped an animated short, created in collaboration with author Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, The Butch and the Baby Daddy about a trans butch lesbian seeking to have a baby. Previous to that she created a hand painted animated short Bobbi and Sheelagh about a lesbian who meets a mythological creature. This film screened at Tricky Women Animation in Vienna and Fairytales in Calgary among others. Barb’s film Tomboy exploring gender expression was the recipient of the CBC Canadian Reflection Award and Inside Out Up and Coming Artist Award among others. A digital storyteller, she received the Corus Innovation Award for a tween online radio station and is a Webby Honoree for the CBC Massey Lectures’ website Blood the Stuff of Life.

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