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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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Sean Baker (written by)
Chris Bergoch (written by)
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Release Date:
9 May 2013 (Germany) See more »
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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 »
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5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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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)
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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 »
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Asa Akira:What's worse than getting banged by Jack the Ripper? Getting fingered by Captain Hook.See more »
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Starlet, starbright, 15 May 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Twenty-one year old Jane (Dree Hemingway) is a porn actress simply trying to make ends meet in a cruel world, living with her two deadbeat roommates, one of them a fellow actress. After purchasing a vase from an older woman and finding over $10,000 inside, she decides that the least she could do is try and befriend the woman to provide some resemblance of joy and happiness in her life. I suppose friendship is the least you can offer someone after taking the money they didn't know they had.

The woman is eighty-five year old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), who spends her days calmly and in a true state of loneliness, tending her garden and quietly playing bingo at a senior's center. Meeting each other is a generational shock for the both of them in a way that doesn't revolve around the expected political/social norm changes. Instead, the details are shown just by the way they communicate and adapt to their own lifestyles accordingly. Jane would much rather go out of her way to get something more than textbook happiness, while Sadie feels disturbing consistent flow is a personal sin she can not commit.

Sean S. Baker's Starlet is a sweet, tender little story detailing a generation gap that I love to see explored. It's a film, too, that boldly shows a lifestyle in a way that isn't comical or condescending. While the adult film industry only makes up a small part of Starlet's overall focus, it nonetheless makes its view on the industry respectable and mature. The maturity of director Baker, even as he treads dangerously close to smug depiction, remains visible throughout making this a truly sentimental work.

The film is carried by the gifted performances of Hemingway and Johnson, who strike up a valuable, potent chemistry when they're on-screen together. Hemingway's brash qualities and aware attitude contrast boldly with Johnson's reclusive, control-freak persona, making for a relationship that is erected from more than smiles and good-feelings.

Baker adopts the style of filmmaking known simply as "cinéma vérité," a style that heavily emphasizes the brutally honest, naturalistic side of life in filmmaking. I mention it here because the texture and look of the film plays a big role in its likability. Visuals are often mild and possess a sunny disposition, the filmic atmosphere is accentuated beautifully through the use of lens flare and flushed-out colors, and the warmness comes off as not a put-on, but a comforting feature.

There are moments in Starlet that hold deep, uncompromising emotional drama, mainly in the scenes at bingo, where a coldly detached Sadie is left staring at her bingo card as if she really cares what the odds are. There's emotional honesty in the scene because we can see she is not really happy and Jane knows it as well as the audience does at that point. The scene is beautifully captured and scored perfectly so as not to be too mawkish or too downplayed.

Ultimately, Starlet ends the way we kind of expected and its presence is more significant than a footnote but not so much as a genre-piece or a game-changing masterwork. It's short, simple, but above all, an effective illustration of emotion and tone as a coming of age story and a slight meditation on age and its downsides. It provides warmth and heart in its material, but most importantly, an unmissable soul as it shows both generations in full bloom and the naive impulses they give off that often prevent entire personal connection.

Starring: Dree Hemingway and Besedka Johnson. Directed by Sean S. Baker.

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