Today at at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT on Instagram live, Black Girl Nerds host Ryanne Bennett interviews filmmaker Emma Seligman.
Emma Seligman is a Canadian filmmaker based in New York. She expanded her SXSW short film, Shiva Baby, into a feature film starring Rachel Sennott, Polly Draper, Dianna Agron, Molly Gordon, Fred Melamed and Danny Deferrari.
Shiva Baby, the feature film, was selected to play at SXSW, TIFF, Outfest, Melbourne International Film Festival, Deauville American Film Festival, and many others.
In Shiva Baby, a near-college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle’s day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.
It has received rave reviews and will be distributed by Utopia on April 2nd.
As always, you can catch the conversation live or the replay on BGN’s Instagram page @blackgirlnerds.