Rachel Sennott in Shiva Baby
Rachel Sennott in Shiva Baby
NYC Well Represented at Independent Spirit Awards

(released 3/11/2022)

Although The Lost Daughter took home the most prizes at Sunday's Independent Spirit Awards, quite a few movies and filmmakers repped New York.

Shiva Baby won the John Cassavetes Award, which is given to the best feature made for under $500,000.  It's a group award that goes to the writer, director, and producer. Shiva Baby was shot in Brooklyn in 2019. It was written, directed, and produced by Emma Seligman, an NYU grad. Also producing were Kieran Altmann, Katie Schiller, and Lizzie Shapiro. Lizzie Shapiro also won the Producers Award. The film stars Rachel Sennott.

The movie Passing also won a couple awards.  Ruth Negga was awarded Best Supporting Female and Edu Grau won Best Cinematography. Passing takes place and shot in Harlem.

Alex Camilleri, as Director of Luzzu, won the Someone To Watch Award. This award recognizes a filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

Jessica Beshir, Director of Faya Dayi, won the Truer Than Fiction Award. This award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition.

The Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series award went to Black and Missing. The series was created and executive produced by Soledad O'Brien and Geeta Gandbhir. Along with these two producers, the series was executive produced by Jo Honig, Patrick Conway, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez.

The Independent Spirit Awards is put on by Film Independent, formerly the IFP/West.

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