festival program / Jordan Ressler First Feature Award



Danielle is having a bit of an off day. A near college graduate, her parents think she’s making extra cash by working as a babysitter while finishing her degree. In reality, she has a sugar daddy and is struggling to figure out what she’s going to do with her life once she graduates.

Running late to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva, no sooner than she steps through the front door Danielle is accosted by a barrage of estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans. But things take an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself without completely losing it.

Endlessly witty and expertly paced, Shiva Baby handles the building tensions with a comic seriousness that’ll make you both cringe and laugh out loud.

This screening is sponsored by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund, Alacran Group, and Literally Miami.

Event Dates

October 8, 2020 to October 14, 2020 ET

Streaming Continuously

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Director Bio

Emma Seligman is a Canadian filmmaker. She has written and directed two short films: Void (17) and Shiva Baby (18). Shiva Baby is her feature directorial debut.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Emma Seligman
  • Producer(s)
    Kieran Altmann, Katie Schiller, Lizzie Shapiro
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Emma Seligman
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Maria Rushce
  • Editor(s)
    Hanna A Park
  • Composer
    Ariel Marx
  • Cast
    Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper, Danny Deferrari, Fred Melamed

Film Info