Directed and written
by Macdara Vallely
Produced by Paul Miller
, Gigi Dement
by Ed Morales
Composed by Brendan Dolan
(Ireland, USA)— World Premiere, Narrative
Featuring Yainis Ynoa
, Rosa Arrendondo
, Joshua Rivera
& Gleendylis Inoa
Yainis Ynoa (Lena), 17, was born and raised in the Bronx by Puerto Rican and Dominican
parents. It has been a dream come true for her to play Lena in Macdara Vallely's feature film,
BABYGIRL. Yainis is in her last year of high school. This year, she also completed classes at
the the Stella Adler Studio Outreach Program. There she played Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet in
her first theatrical performance as well as acting in several other plays. Babygirl is her first film
project. Yainis is excited and honored to be a part of the film. Yainis has been dancing and acting
her whole life, although it wasn't until the 8th grade, when she performed a script she had written
with friends in front of her school that she realized she was finally ready to pursue acting. Yainis
is ready and excited for what is to come.
Rosa Arredondo (Lucy)
is an accomplished actor, singer, dancer and a Native New Yorker.
She is currently in the Broadway Production of "A Streetcar Named Desire".
Some of her other film credits include: SILVER TONGUES, HUSBAND FOR HIRE, FEEL THE
NOISE, PREACHING TO THE CHOIR, WHERE GOD LEFT HIS SHOES, THE SUITOR, and
Her tevision credits include Series Regular roles on Pilots: Hate, and Ricochet, Recurring roles
on: Six Degrees, Trial By Jury, Conviction, and Guest starring roles on: The Mentalists, CSI,
Fringe, White Collar, SVU, Numbers, Law and Order, and Queens Supreme.
Along with her childhood friend, Lorna Ventura , she started Stepsister Productions, a company
dedicated to writing and producing work for the female voice. Their films have received several
prestigious nominations in the film festival circuit. Rosa is proud to have been part of the
Flaco Navaja (Victor) is a singer, poet, actor, who is born and raised in the Bronx. He sings in
both Spanish and English and has toured with various groups across the globe.
If Hector Lavoe Boxed Ruben Blades and KRS-1 was the referee you'd get Flaco. A nostalgic old
sound with brand new spoken word.
Navaja's original style of poetry combines singing, beat-boxing, and spoken word. He was the
host of the legendary open mic showcase; "All That! Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz" at the famous
Nuyorican Poets' Cafe. He has performed at national and international venues and events. In
2003, he toured internationally with the Tony Award winning Russell Simmons' "Def Poetry Jam"
and he has appeared on four episodes of the HBO series.
Navaja is a member of Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in several films & tevision shows.
Including PRIDE & GLORY, FIGHTING, GUN HILL ROAD, Law & Order, CSI NY and new
Joshua Rivera (Xavier) was born in the early hours of April 1992. His arrival was a few months
early but as dramatic as any role he would later crave to play. He began performing at the young
age of seven, always hungry to develop his craft. After school he would attend The Boy's &
Girl's Variety Club in his native Queens, NY, where he realized his true love for acting. He was
later accepted into the High School of the Arts in upper Manhattan, NY, where he continued to
improve and mold his talent. During his sophomore year he landed his first lead role as
Byron Cruz in a NYU senior thesis short film, 'Bedford Park Boulevard'. Joshua went on to win
The First Run Film Festival Craft Award 2010 for this role. The film was accepted in both national
and international film festivals including Tribeca, SXSW, BFI London and L.A Shorts 2010.
Since then he has been continuously pursuing his acting career and working on such films as
SXSW's 2012 Grand Jury Prize Winner GIMME THE LOOT and TERROR TALK. He also enjoys
spreading a positive message throughout the community with PSAs such as those for The Seeds
Of Africa Foundation and MADD ( Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Joshua, among many things,
enjoys writing, Krump dancing and rapping with his talented extension of friends called K.O.P. (
Kings Of The Planet ) . Most importantly he is enjoying the journey to a career in entertainment,
that to most would seem unattainable.
Gleendilys Inoa (Daishan)
is a native of Harlem who was raised in the South Bronx and is the
youngest of two. "Glendy" knew she wanted to act since the age of 10 but it wasn't until her
teacher, introduced her to Manny Perez (BELLA, EL CANTANTE) that she actually landed her
first role in AMEXICANO.
Since then she has been in DON'T LET ME DROWN (2009) directed by Cruz Angels and A
KISS OF CHAOS (2009) directed by Ricardo Sean Thompson, starring Judy Marte and her
mentor Manny Perez. The films were featured at the American Black Film Festival, the New
York International Latino Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival prompting her to become
one of "Six to Watch" by New York Magazine. She then shared the screen with Zoe Kravitz
and Gabby Sidibe in Victoria Mahoney's YELLING TO THE SKY (2011) and also GUN HILL
ROAD (2011) directed by Rashad Ernesto Green. She also starred in HBO's DA BRICK directed
by Spike Lee.
As a Latina actress of Dominican descent, Gleendilys looks forward to following the paths of
other prominent Latina actresses, and hopes to use her talent to expand the horizons for a new
generation of young girls that dream of acting.
Macdara Vallely (Writer/Director)
(b. Craigavon, Ireland) In 2008, he wrote and directed his
first feature film, PEACEFIRE, adapted from his Edinburgh Fringe First award winning play,
it was premiered in competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and won several
international awards, including: Best First Feature at Galway Film Fleadh; the Special Jury Prize
at the European First Feature Festival at Angers and the Grand Jury Prize at the Annonay Film
Paul Miller (Producer)
is an independent producer working in both the United States and
Europe. He currently works with his own New York-London based production company, Escape
Pictures and New York-Berlin based Belladonna Productions.
Miller has just completed post-production on two films: BABYGIRL, written and directed by
Macdara Vallely and produced with Samson Films and the Irish Film Board and the documentary,
POOR CONSUELO CONQUERS THE WORLD, about the use of soap operas and tenovelas
for encouraging positive social change. The documentary was funded by the Sundance-Skoll
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and ARTE.
Previously, Miller was Head of Production at Crossroads Films both under their first look deal with
United Artists and as part of the team that raised a $3M development fund. At Crossroads, Miller
produced SNOW ANGELS, written and directed by David Gordon Green, starring Sam Rockwell
and Kate Becksinale and released by Warner Independent Pictures in 2008 and A LOVE SONG
FOR BOBBY LONG Starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. The film was released by
Lions Gate in 2006.
Current projects in development include THE BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING to be directed
by Rob Meyer, Executive Produced by David Frankel (DEVIL WEARS PRADA) and to star Sir
Ben Kingsley. Miller is also developing THE EAGLE AND THE BUTTERFLY, to be directed by
Lebanese filmmaker Philippe Aractingi (UNDER THE BOMBS) and SMILE! by Saudi director,
Ahd Kamel. Concurrently, Miller is developing a tevision travel show for PBS tevision called
With Belladonna, Miller is producing PRIDE AND JOY to be directed by David Gordon Green
(PINAPPLE EXPRESS) .
Miller was educated in England with a degree in zoology at University College London and and is
a graduate of the National Film and tevision School (UK) . Previous films include John Sayles'
feature THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH (1994) , the Acadamy Award nominated LONE STAR
(1996) and MEN WITH GUNS (1997) . Miller also produced PROZAC NATION, directed by Erik
Skjoldbaerg's (INSOMNIA) and starring Chistina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Michelle Williams and
Jonathan Rhys Myers.
Previously Miller produced wildlife and science documentaries for National Geographic, the BBC,
Anglia tevision and London Weekend tevision in the UK.
Gigi Dement (Producer)
was born in Baguio City, Philippines, the daughter of a sailor in the
American Navy and a Filipino actress. Growing up in Dubuque, Iowa, where she witnessed
Sylvester Stallone's F.I.S.T. being shot, it was her experience watching the stunningly stark yet
simple visual style of Albert Lamorisse's THE RED BALLOON that led to her lifelong pursuit of
After graduating with distinction from NYU's Undergraduate Film/TV Program, Gigi worked as an
event producer and trade show manager, where she was instrumental in the development of the
restaurant industry's first technology exhibition and secured innovative corporate sponsorships
with companies such as Microsoft and IBM.
In 1998, Gigi returned to NYU to study in their preeminent, graduate film program. In just a few
short years, she produced over fifteen films and directed four of her own. But in the year 2000,
she would engage in her most important production yet: the birth to her first child.
In the fall of 2004, after the birth of her second daughter, Gigi returned with renewed energy and
perspective to NYU. Since then, she has produced several more films, including a thesis film
that premiered at the 2007 TriBeCa Film Festival, two that were awarded the Albert P. Sloan
Foundation production grant and GOD OF LOVE, winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best
Live Action Short Film.
Gigi is currently living in Brooklyn where she raises her two daughters and has just completed the
feature film BABYGIRL, that she produced in association with Escape Pictures, Samson Films
and the Irish Film Board, and BASTARDS OF YOUNG, which she produced in association with
Toy Closet Films.
Gigi is also developing several new and exciting projects, including a dramatic feature film, THE
SUICIDE NOTE, about a brilliant but troubled teenager written by her husband, Scott Semer,
a fellow NYU film alum. Gigi's other upcoming projects include BRAIN CHECKERS, written by
David Ackerman, about a former middle school chess champ who goes back to his old school in
Brooklyn to teach the Special Ed kids chess, and I'M NOT DOWN, written by Josh Robbins, to
be directed by Sayeeda Clarke and produced in association with Tamar Sela, of Opening Night
David Collins (Producer)
runs Samson Films, one of Ireland's most successful independent
feature film companies. Notable recent credits include ONCE – released by Fox Searchlight
and sold internationally by Summit Entertainment. Samson has also produced two films, which
debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, SNAP (2010) and EDEN (Winner of Best Actress Award
Apart from BABYGIRL, current projects include Mary Harron's THE MOTH DIARIES, which
premiered at Venice (2011) and is co-produced with Ed Pressman and Mediabiz (Canada) . It is
being released in the USA by IFC.
Samson recently completed GRABBERS, which premiered at this year's Sundance; a sci-
fi comedy acquired in the UK by Sony, and with US rights picked up by IFC. It is being sold
internationally by Salt.
Currently in post production is MISTER JOHN which has just completed filming in Singapore. It is
written and directed by Irish filmmakers Desperate Optimists and produced with the support of the
Irish Film Board and the British Film Institute. Visit Films are attached as World Sales Agent.
David is on the executive board of the Irish Screen Producers Association and is a founding
director of the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. He is also a member of the European Film Academy.
Samson has a sister company, Accomplice tevision which produces original drama and
scripted comedy for Irish and International broadcasters. Recent work includes Pure Mule (5 IFTA
awards) and the comedy series Dan And Becs, which has been licensed to Sony tevision for
USA remakes and for international exploitation.
Brendan Dolan (Composer)
scored the Samuel Goldwyn feature film, GO FISH and composed
and performed incidental music for the Todd Haynes' Fineline feature film, SAFE. In addition
he scored Macdara Mac Uibh Aille's two films, THE LOVEBITE, winner of the Tiernan McBride
Award for Best Irish Short at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and NA FÍORGHAEIL. Brendan also
composed the music for Mac Uibh Aille's play, "Peacefire" which was performed on one of the
main stages at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His list of tevision clients ranges from MTV
to ESPN to the Discovery Channel.
Brendan holds a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from SUNY New Paltz, and teaches
traditional Irish music on piano and flute. He is the son of piano great, Felix Dolan, a mainstay of
traditional Irish music in New York since the 1950s, and is a member of the traditional ensemble
The Pride of New York. In addition to Irish music, Brendan spent several years in the acclaimed
Andy Statman Quartet and has performed in concert with Itzhak Perlman.
Brendan teaches at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins West Virginia, and the Irish Arts Week
in East Durham, New York and maintains a school of Irish music for children in the New York
City area. Brendan holds a Master's degree in Irish and Irish-American Studies from NYU and
has recently served as archivist for the Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture
Collection at NYU's Tamiment Library.
Ed Morales (Music Supervisor)
is a New York native who has written for publications like The
Nation, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and the Progressive Media
Project, among many others. He is a former Village Voice staff writer and Newsday columnist.
Morales is also the author of two books, Living in Spanglish (St. Martins) and The Latin Beat (Da
Capo Press) . He was a touring member of Nuyorican Poets Café Live in the 1990s, appearing in
several cities in the US and Europe. With former Newsday reporter Laura Rivera, he co-directed
Whose Barrio? (2009) a documentary about the gentrification of East Harlem, which showed at
several film festivals. The film was inspired by "Spanish Harlem on His Mind," an essay published
in 2003 in The New York Times and in the anthology New York Stories: The Best of the City
Section of the New York Times (NYU Press). He is currently a lecturer at Columbia University's
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. BABYGIRL is his first gig as a Music Supervisor for a