The coronavirus didn't just upend Broadway - it put indie projects in limbo


Maria Rusche

A scene from "Shiva Baby."

(JTA) - Emma Seligman is trying to stay optimistic.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25-year-old came extremely close to fulfilling every film student's fantasy: having her debut indie film played at coveted festivals and becoming an up-and-coming name to know in the industry.

Her film "Shiva Baby" involves both of the terms invoked in its title: a sugar baby - or a young girl who receives money or other material gifts from a wealthy older man in exchange for company, and often sex - who attends a shiva, or Jewish mourning get-together at the house of the family of the deceased. When prota...

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