Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby, a short film that premiered during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, is now a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Emma Seligman’s short film is one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen to be set during a shiva. This even takes the film adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You into account. Rachel Sennott stars as Danielle, a college student who has hooked up with a sugar daddy. It’s a great performance for the comedian despite being a short film. Danielle runs into him at a shiva and not surprisingly, a ton of chaos shortly ensues. The situation as a whole is one that just asks for comedy fodder and Seligman delivers in that regard.
I love what Seligman did with the film. Among the narrative shorts, it’s one of my favorites to premiere this year. Having spoken with Emma the other day, I can’t wait to see what the feature version of the film looks like. If this film is any indication, she’ll have a bright and promising future as a director.
Seligman previously spoke with Solzy at the Movies prior to the start of SXSW.