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Starlet -- While Jane spends her days getting high with her roommates, Sadie passes her time alone at the local bingo parlor. After their worlds collide, a tenuous but tender relationship starts between the two as Jane protects a potentially volatile secret
Starlet -- An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale.

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Writers:
Sean Baker (written by)
Chris Bergoch (written by)
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Release Date:
9 May 2013 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A rare experience See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dree Hemingway ... Jane
Boonee ... Starlet
Besedka Johnson ... Sadie

Stella Maeve ... Melissa
Sheri Vecchio ... Yard Sale People
Robert Malmuth ... Yard Sale People
Justin Boyd ... Yard Sale People
Tracy Correll ... Yard Sale People
Leo Garcia ... Yard Sale People
Hayat Jubrail ... Yard Sale People
Jimena Alegre ... Yard Sale People
Romina Gilmore ... Yard Sale People
Peter Rutledge ... Yard Sale People

James Ransone ... Mikey
Zoe Voss ... Waiting Room Girl
Krystle Alexander ... Nurse
Jessica Pak ... Manicurist
Jackie J. Lee ... Nail Salon Attendant

Dean Andre ... Taxi Driver
Rony ... Weed Buyer
Roy Tunnell ... Weed Buyer
Dawn Bianchini ... Bingo Hall Attendant
Edmund C. Pokrzywnicki ... Bingo Caller

Dave Bean ... Police Officer

Eliezer Ortiz ... Police Officer
Andy Mardiroson ... Car Salesman

Cesar Garcia ... Repo Man
Heather Wang ... Diner Waitress
Helen Yeotis ... Diner Waitress
Dale Tanguay ... Coffee Shop Gawker

Patrick Cunningham ... Coffee Shop Gawker
Jonathan Stromberg ... Camera Phone Guy
Jamie Lynn Perritt ... Renegade Receptionist
Christine Nelson ... Renegade Worker

Karren Karagulian ... Arash

Mickey O'Hagan ... Janice (as Michael O'Hagan)
Chris Bergoch ... Poor Schlub
Adam Kolkman ... Renegade Worker

Manuel Ferrara ... Himself

Asa Akira ... Herself

Amin Joseph ... Shadow
Cammeron Ellis ... Cammie
James Frey ... Renegade Production Assistant

Nick Santoro ... Director F.J. Sloan

Paul Hansen Kim ... Renegade Set Photographer (as Paul H. Kim)
Blake Ramsey ... Renegade Production Crew
Josh Gibson ... Renegade Production Crew
Phil Alvidrez ... Supermarket Attendant

Victoria Tate ... Insurance Agent
Kurt Leitner ... Insurance Agent
Joey Rubina ... Joey
Jesus Perez ... Sadie's Neighbor
Vanessa Casas ... Sadie's Neighbor
Jules Jordan ... Himself

Kristina Rose ... Herself

Josh Sussman ... Zana Fan
Enrique Espino ... Carpenter
Raymondo Mendez ... Carpenter
Weldon 'Red' Johnson ... POV Sound Person
Kaci Starr ... POV Performer
Lily Labeau ... POV Performer
Nicole Barseghian ... Arash's Child
George Barseghian ... Arash's Child
Hend Baghdady ... Arash's Wife
Jessi Palmer ... Model House Tenant
Cassandra Nix ... Model House Tenant
Liz Beebe ... Gracie
Tracey Sweet ... Webcam Teen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Eckstein ... Tess Fan (uncredited)

Tess Hunt ... Lexie Pophart (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean Baker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sean Baker  written by
Chris Bergoch  written by

Produced by
Levon Asharumov .... co-executive producer
Blake Ashman .... producer (as Blake Ashman-Kipervaser)
Sean Baker .... producer
Liz Beebe .... associate producer
Chris Bergoch .... associate producer
Giancarlo Canavesio .... executive producer
Radium Cheung .... co-producer
Kevin Chinoy .... producer
Julie Cummings .... associate producer
Patrick Cunningham .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Saemi Kim .... executive producer
Saerom Kim .... executive producer
Chris Maybach .... producer
Francesca Silvestri .... producer
Sol Tryon .... executive producer
Shih-Ching Tsou .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Manual 
 
Cinematography by
Radium Cheung (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sean Baker 
 
Casting by
Julia Kim 
 
Production Design by
Mari Yui 
 
Art Direction by
Tatsuya Yamauchi 
 
Costume Design by
Shih-Ching Tsou 
 
Art Department
Chris Bergoch .... graphic designer: Renegade
Joe Burns .... art production assistant
Aaron Collins .... additional props
Sarah M. Gonzalez .... additional props
Christine Nelson .... property master
Tim White .... art department
 
Sound Department
Dean Andre .... additional location sound mixer
Tyler Blythe .... sound effects editor
J.M. Davey .... sound designer
Zach Seivers .... sound designer
Sebastián Sonzogni .... foley artist
Irin Strauss .... location sound recordist
José Caldararo .... foley artist (uncredited)
J.M. Davey .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
J.M. Davey .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Rodrigo Ortiz-Parraga .... foley editor (uncredited)
Rodrigo Ortiz-Parraga .... foley supervisor (uncredited)
Zach Seivers .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Zach Seivers .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Adolphus .... additional first assistant camera
Sean Baker .... camera operator
Matthew Boda .... key grip
Michael Bosman .... additional first assistant camera
Radium Cheung .... camera operator
Greg Chmura .... electric
Jasper Granderath .... additional first assistant camera
Adam Kolkman .... additional camera operator
Adam Kolkman .... second assistant camera
Paula O'Donnell .... grip
Augusta Quirk .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Robert Nazar Arjoyan .... assistant editor (as Robert Naz Arjoyan)
Chris Bergoch .... editing consultant
Nicolas Isley .... post-production assistant
Elsa Lai .... colorist
Aaron Lindenthaler .... consulting editor
Tobias Rogers .... post-production consultant
Richard Sanchez .... post-production consultant
 
Music Department
Stephanie Diaz-Mtos .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Norma Leonard .... transportation
Mario Simon .... transportation
 
Other crew
Antonio Arlia .... production assistant
Hend Baghdady .... production consultant
Ashley Blue .... consultant (as Oriana Small)
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor: US, Submarine Entertainment
Richie Calhoun .... consultant
Lisa Cobb .... payroll master
Nicole Compas .... production counsel: Grey Krauss Stratford Desrochers
Abby Davis .... assistant to producers (as Abby Lynn King Davis)
Jesse Earl .... production assistant
Julian Courtney Gayle Glover .... consultant
Tony Giarraputo .... set production assistant (as Tony Giarraputto)
Stephen Goldstein .... additional legal services
Bianca Grimshaw .... production counsel: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Steven Gurley .... location manager
Eri Hawkins .... production assistant
Alexander Iravani .... production assistant
Adam Kersh .... publicist: Brigade Marketing
Evan Krauss .... production counsel: Grey Krauss Stratford Desrochers
Katherine Langlands .... production assistant
Clifford Lee .... production assistant
Scott Lyons .... consultant
Anna Newell .... production assistant
Matthew Olson .... production assistant
Jamie Lynn Perritt .... production assistant
Timothy E. Sabo .... consultant (as Tim Sabo)
Adam Sessler .... video game consultant
Jonathan Oliver Sessler .... production coordinator
Jonathan Stromberg .... production assistant
Ryan Toussieng .... production assistant
Shih-Ching Tsou .... continuity
Roy W. Tunnell .... production assistant (as Riy Tunnell)
Zoe Voss .... body double: Tess
Zoe Voss .... consultant
 
Thanks
Bill Chitwood .... special thanks
Matthew Huffman .... the producers wish to thank
Sascha Koch .... special thanks
Theo Sapoutzis .... special thanks
Peter Warren .... special thanks
 

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The manager of Dree Hemingway gets in touch with the director Sean Baker for the film. Sean Baker arranges a conversation on Skype before the meeting but he decides to work with Dree after the 20th minute Skype call.See more »
Quotes:
Asa Akira:What's worse than getting banged by Jack the Ripper? Getting fingered by Captain Hook.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A rare experience, 5 November 2013
Author: Al Rodbell from Carlsbad CA

My Wife and I watched the at home last night, and wanted to extend the experience with IMDb audience, so I dug into the back story, -- those who made the film in all capacities and other comments such as this. I loved these people in the film, and wanted to extend their "relationship" for as long as possible. The film, rather than being a scaffolding for dramatic tension, was a minimalist plausible story to allow the two main characters, one nearing the end of her life and the other at the beginning, to connect. The occasion for the meeting while unusual, advanced the plot without overpowering the story.

I have just viewed this short video interview of the two leads, Basedka Johnson, who played the elderly Sadie, and Dee Hemingway who portrayed Jane. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsFjMldSSnE If you loved the film, watch it.

If the profession of casting is discovering individuals who encompass the genuine emotions of the fictional characters of a drama, then this was an inspired example of the art. No looking through face shots or previous performances for casting Sadie, as an executive director recognized her character in the women next to her at a local fitness center, and uttered the mythic Hollywood words, "You could be great for the lead part in a film we are making." This is further discussed in the video I reference. Not exactly the best time of life to get such an opportunity, but Basedka jumped at it, with the due caution of her age.

I'm not sure that this magnificent film actually represents the finest example of the actors craft, which at its best can only be a close simulation of reality. What I felt watching the film, and now have confirmed by the single video of the two, and there will be no more since Basheda died soon after at 87, are two people of independent minds who have genuine affection for each other. Those who wrote, directed, edited and contributed to creating this film had the sense and restraint to provide a serviceable vehicle for this to be played out without any undue interference.

They have allowed millions of people to be with two genuine people and their characters for a brief time, who in both realms come from very different backgrounds, yet who share a common humanity. Even the usually seedy world of pornography became just what they did for a living, rather than defining them any more than any other occupation.

For someone much closer to Basheda's age than to Dee's, it is inspiring that she toughed out those last years, and was able to take the surprise of instant fame before it was all over. There are levels of this film that I still haven't been able to fully internalize, much less describe, which is a sign of a work of art that affects the viewer in ways that defy explanation.

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