WriterMaria Bernhard, Susannah Blinkoff, Janet Borrus Release date1999 (1999) GenresDrama, Teen film, Indie film, Coming of age, Social problem film CastTamara LaSeon Bass (Shanika), Michael Pena, Kelly Vint, Tonatzin Mondragon, TE Russell Similar moviesBlue Denim (1959), A Common Thread, Stephanie Daley, Susan Slade (1961), Quinceanera (2006), The Pregnancy Pact
Bellyfruit is an adaptation of an original stage play of the same title which premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on March 16, 1996. The play is a culmination of written works and theatrical performances developed from the stories of the women from Ramona High School and the Pacoima Young Mothers writing program. Playing the roles of the teen mothers in the original stage production of Bellyfruit were actresses Bonnie Dickensen, Tanya Wright, Judy Herrera, and Patrice Pitman Quinn. The stage play was produced by Independent Women Artists and performed as a benefit for Gramercy Group Homes in Los Angeles. It was also directed by Kerri Green, and was written by Green, Maria Bernhard, Susannah Blinkoff, and Janet Borrus.