Directed by Anne Makepeace
“A whimsical and completely moving meditation, simultaneously warm, funny, and painful, on what family and children mean in today’s ultra-confusing world”
-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Anne Makepeace takes us on an intimate journey through the Kafkaesque world of fertility clinics, into the home of lesbian parents, to Christmans among Utah polygamists and New England Puritans, to her brothers Appalachian farm, and on a time trip back to the dark age of illegal abortion. Linking these stories is the bond of family; the characters are the filmmaker, her husband, and their brothers and sisters, all baby-boomers in their forties.
Baby, It’s You looks at the unconventional ways they are all belatedly tring to create families of their own. Woven throughout the program is the story of Makepeace and her husband’s attempts to conceive a child through inensive fertility procedures, and the emotional roller coaster of anticipation, disappointment, and hope that carries them along.
THE FILMMAKER: Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of award-winning independent films for more than twenty years. She is currently working on the documentary As Nutayunean, about the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in an American Indian community. Makepeace recently received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship in support of the project. She is also finishing a documentary about the architect I. M. Pei and his recently completed Suzhou Museum, entitled Building China Modern.