Anna Margaret Hollyman

Over the past few years, the idea of the traditional “nuclear family” has changed from a father, a mother, and 2.5 kids to any number of variations from two dads to two moms to a mom and two dads. Televisions shows like Modern Family and next season’s The New Normal have embraced this idea and show audiences on a weekly basis that no matter who makes up a family, at the end of the day, love is love. Gayby tells the story of a woman (“hag since birth” Jenn, played with aplomb by Jenn Harris) and her gay best friend Matt (Matthew Wilkas) who would both like to have a child and decide to do so together. Instead of going the ol’ turkey baster route (at least at first), the two agree to do it the “old fashioned way” to create their gayby. With Matt finding himself recently out of a long-term relationship and (unsuccessfully) getting back into the dating scene, both he and equally-single Jenn decide to try online dating. Things are made only more complicated when Jenn is forced to move in with Matt while her apartment is being painted, by her boss’ brother Louis (Louis Cancelmi) no less. As Jenn and Matt try and find new romantic relationships for themselves, they never stop their quest to have a baby together. After weeks of trying, the pregnancy test comes back positive, but thanks to their accelerated dating lives (and a box of expired condoms), things become even more complicated.

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Not all women are prepared for pregnancy – just ask Small, Beautifully Moving Parts‘ Sarah Sparks. A technophile of the highest order, Sarah is the kind of girl who gets excited about pregnancy tests not just because of their potential outcome, but because she’s curious about how they actually work. When Sarah (rising indie star Anna Margaret Hollyman) finds outs he’s pregnant, she’s not quite sure what to do with the news – but she thinks her reaction might somehow involve her distant mother, who has gone totally “off the grid,” partially thanks to her own strong beliefs about technology. Sarah sets off on a road trip to find her mom, punctuated by stopovers with the rest of her nutty family, a continued technological encroachment, and just maybe a greater sense of what her impending parenthood really means to her. Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell‘s “coming-of-parenthood” tale is a sweet and smart look at parenting (and, childing) in the modern age. The film has shown at a number of festivals, including SXSW 2011 (where I first saw it and quite enjoyed it) and the Hamptons International Film Festival. The will open in New York City on May 11 with a national release to follow and in support of that release, we’re happy to debut some exclusive stills from the film. Check out four more stills from Small, Beautifully Moving Parts after the break.

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