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shi·va

/ˈSHēvə/

noun JUDAISM

A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral.

 

sug·ar ba·by

/ˈSHo͝oɡər , ˈbābē/

noun 

A young female or male who is financially pampered/cared for by a sugar daddy or sugar mama in exchange for companionship (i.e. sexual favors).

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STORY

At a shiva with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy. 

8 minutes | USA/Canada | 2018

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SCREENINGS

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - WORLD PREMIERE | Austin, TX

TIFF TRANSFORMS: CREATORS ON A WAVE | Toronto, Canada

LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 | New York, NY

PRESS

The Knockturnal - SXSW: Emma Seligman's 'Shiva Baby' Details How Sex and Family Can Awkwardly Intertwine

Film Threat - 'Shiva Baby' Review

Solzy at the Movies - SXSW 2018: Shorts Roundup

Washington Square News - Tisch Alumna Talks Sugar Babies, Shivas and SXSW

Solzy at the Movies - Shiva Baby: SXSW Short a Vimeo Staff Pick

The Fullest - Sex Work and Shivas: A Conversation with Writer-Director Emma Seligman

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CAST & CREW

 

EMMA SELIGMAN | Writer/Director

Emma Seligman is a Canadian filmmaker currently based in New York. In May 2017, she graduated from NYU's undergraduate Film & TV program, where she made her thesis film, Shiva Baby, which premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival and later became a Vimeo Staff Pick. Emma has worked for producers at Animal Kingdom Films, Protozoa Pictures, Big Beach Films, Cinetic Media, Mad Riot Entertainment, Serendipity Point Films and Citizen Jones. 

You can find more of her work here

ZOEY PRESSEY | Producer

Zoey Pressey is the producer of many narrative and experimental short films, as well as branded and web content and is currently a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in Film & TV Production. In the past, she has interned for Ridley Scott Associates Films, Honor Society, Identity Media, the Producer’s Guild of America and Weller Media Agency and been an editor on multiple videos for the City of Seattle and non-profits including Girl Scouts of America, Reel Grrls, and Social Justice Fund Northwest.

RACHEL SENNOTT | "Danielle"

Rachel Sennott is a comedian, actor and writer based in NYC. She appeared on this season of HBO's High Maintenance. Her work has been featured on Funny or Die and Whohaha. She performs stand-up all over NYC and runs two monthly shows, Puke Fest and Ur Gonna Sleep Rly Well Tonight. 

You can find more of her work here.

LEYNA ROWAN | Director of Photography

Leyna Rowan is a New York City based director of photography. Leyna has shot multiple short films and worked on a variety of commercials for clients including Motorola, Aldo, Uber and Alpha Industries. Leyna started photographing analog from a young age and began work on a number of productions, eventually studying cinematography at New York University. During her time at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Leyna was a finalist for the Arri Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography. 

HANNA PARK | Editor

Hanna graduated from NYU Tisch Film & TV in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Editor for BET.com. Before her current position, she worked at Refinery29 where she edited original YouTube content. In college, she was the Assistant Editor on two feature films; "Hello Again," directed by Tom Gustafson; and "Coin Heist," directed by Emily Higgins. The former film became a Netflix Original movie. Two of the short films she has edited, "Night" and "Heavy Feathers," both directed by Joosje Duk, have gone to festivals such as Soho International, Berlin International Short Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and many others. She is currently editing a project about creative women around the world with Hallie Applebaum of ‘Future of Women’.

You can find more of her work here

GISELLE BONILLA | Assistant Director

Giselle just graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied Film & TV Production. She has been featured in NYU's Sight and Sound Showcase for her first short film, Fuego. Her documentary, Dulce, on renowned Mexican artist Dulce Pinzon, was a finalist in NYU's Fusion Film Festival; and she is currently in post-production for her thesis film, Virgencita, which won the Horizon Award at Sundance Film Festival 2018. Aside from writing and directing, Giselle has worked professionally as an actress since the age of 12 and has studied at Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre.

TORYN SEABROOKS | Production Designer

Toryn Seabrooks is a director and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. Since graduating NYU Tisch for Film & TV Production, Toryn has worked on projects for Def Jam and collaborated with up and coming artists within the music and film world. Toryn recently directed the second season of the web series, The Not F*ckin Around Crew, which just won best comedy at the Miami Web Fest. Toryn was the recipient of the Tisch Dean’s Scholars award and is now the showrunner's assistant on ABC’s Grown-ish.

 

"Max"  JASON KELLERMAN | "Linda" ROBIN WESLEY-PECK | "Joel" TED SELIGMAN | "Rabbi" RABBI AVRAHAM EPSTEIN | "Mourners" DASHA LEIDY SAVANNAH LEIDY LILLY BETH KESTENBAUM DAVID GELIEBTER NANCY DENNIS LINDA SIMON RUSS DIBELLO AL CHOY MARIA ZUNIGA AL SACKS ALAN WEINBLATT | Casting KATIE SCHILLER GISELLE BONILLA TAYLOR TAGLIANETTI | Line Producers MICA DANIELS KERI WRIGHT ARCHIE REPIN | Costume Designer GIANNA COLLIER-PITTS | Script Supervisor MARI EIMAS-DIETRICH | Sound Mixer TRAVIS TIGHE | Hair & Makeup TAYLOR HALEY | 1st AC CHARLIE MUENTES | 2nd ACs DAVID LILLIENSTEIN GABBY CECALA | Gaffers ALEX ECHAVARRIA ISABEL BETHENCOURT RYAN LEE AMEER KAZMI | Key Grip SPENCER FORGHAM-THRIFT | Best Boy Grip JOHN CHIODI | Colorist BEN GOELZ | Sound Design HANNA PARK | ADR Recordist PRIYA KHANOLKAR | Set Photographer SHARON ATTIA | Driver SEAN EKSTRAND | Production Assistants JOSH SHAPIRO GRIFFIN CUBERO GABBY ASSUNCAO FABIANA CHOTOCRUZ BRITTANY MALDONADO