The Kinda Sutra

Jessica Yu’s documentary short film, The Kinda Sutra, provides a comical take on “The Kama Sutra,” using interviews and animation to offer a tantalizing view of people’s youthful misconceptions about conception. The 8-minute film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is online at

Still from The Kinda Sutra short film

“A long time ago,” said Yu, “a friend of mine had a book project she was asking different friends of ours to contribute to, and I thought it would be a great idea to explore this universal confusion that people have on how babies are made. I thought that the ideal would be to do this as a film, because then you could animate the actions and see how it might have worked in a kid’s imagination. At the same time, I liked the idea of playing on ‘The Kama Sutra,’ which of course gives us the variations on how it’s actually done… while here it would be ‘The Kinda Sutra,’ which are all the variations on how it isn’t done, but how kids might have thought it was.”

Click this still to view excerpts from The Kinda Sutra short film at YouTube


Filming was shot by director Jessica Yu via Nonfiction Unlimited, with director of photography David Gil, executive producers Loretta “LJ” Jeneski, Michael Degan, producers Patrick Degan, Anne Clements, production designer Denise Hudson and production manager Jamie Feldman.

Animation was done at Stardust Studios by creative director Jake Banks, executive producer Paul Abatemarco, senior art director Neil Tsai, illustrator Nate Reifke, animators Kevin Ferrara and Thomas Horne, and producer Megan Kennedy.

Editor was Kim Bica at Lost Planet, with executive producer Betsy Beale, producer Ali Maldonado, assistant editor Tony Orcena.

Finishing work was done at Elephant Post by online editor/colorist Chris Homel and assistant online editor Keala Asato.

Sound was mixed at Ravenswork by Edgar Maldonado. Music was composed by Jeff Beal.

Casting was done by Liz Paulson Casting, Los Angeles.