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Sundance: Magnolia Buys Sean Baker's 'Tangerine,' Shot Entirely on an iPhone

10 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sean Baker's hotly buzzed Sundance Next entry "Tangerine" has sold worldwide rights to Magnolia Pictures, which will distribute nationwide in theaters later this year. Baker's followup to 2012 fest darling "Starlet," "Tangerine" follows trans actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as two working girls looking for a pimp on Christmas Eve in Hollywood. Co-written by Baker and Chris Bergoch, the film was executive produced by Sundance MVPs Mark and Jay Duplass, and produced by Through Films and Baker's longtime collaborators Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou. Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s by Radium Cheung, this marks Magnolia's second acquisition of the fest after Andrew Bujalski's "Results." Reviews have been stellar for "Tangerine," with Indiewire noting that Baker "manages to match underrepresented faces in American cinema with material that lets their personalities shine." »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Sundance: "Tangerine" The Best Trans Hooker Christmas Comedy You Might Ever See!

26 January 2015 12:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad

Indie writer/director Sean Baker (and recently his co-writer Chris Berloch) specialize in portraits of characters on the margins of society. Baker's previous slice-of-life film was the still underappreciated Starlet (2012), which traced an unlikely friendship between a young porn star and an old woman she meets at a garage sale.  Their very worthy follow up is Tangerine (not to be confused with the Estonian drama currently nominated for Oscar's Foreign Film Category called Tangerines). Again we find Baker looking at places others haven't thought to look — or at least haven't looked at with anything like the same affectionate humor and nuanced humanity.

In this case that place is a Hollywood block filled with ex-con trans hookers who still have their penises, their lonely trade, immigrant cab drivers, and the colorful seedy neighborhood they all share. Tangerine is filled with memorable scenes in busted-ass laundromats, »


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Tangerine | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

26 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Boulevard Ballads: Baker’s Enigmatic Journey into Hollywood’s Facade

For those familiar with the cinematic offerings of Sean Baker, it will come as no surprise that his latest feature, Tangerine, focuses on a group of people defined, in part, by a specific locale, but are generally invisible as cinematic subjects. Hardly banal or niche, his work avoids labels by refusing to adhere to them, rather focusing on the “regular people” (as those in this current title are also described) within the frame. Crackling with an infectious, garrulous energy, he deposits us in the captivating hands of two black, transsexual hookers that journey back and forth from Sweetzer to Vermont Avenue along Santa Monica Boulevard over the period of one sun-soaked Los Angeles day. On paper, these labels sound crippling, but Baker is hardly a steward of melodrama, and transcends any and all assumptions with this title that recalls the »

- Nicholas Bell

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2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #18. Chris Bergoch (Tangerine)

25 January 2015 5:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…

Chris Bergoch: I really enjoyed the pre-Broadway run of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. I try to keep up with all of Walt Disney Theatrical’s stage adaptations and I think this is their best yet. The show is dark, more in line with Victor Hugo’s novel, the new songs from Alan Menken fit seamlessly into his brooding 1996 soundtrack and the cast is brilliant — hope they make it to The Great White Way. Speaking of, I loved Idina Menzel in If/Then — she’s exhilarating to watch live. I thought Universal raised the bar for theme parks with the debut of Diagon Alley in Orlando last summer. It’s the single most immersive themed environment I’ve ever had the pleasure of being whisked away to and it’s also quite a stimulating place to sit down and write. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Tangerine’

24 January 2015 1:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even those who don’t count themselves among the transgender-prostitute-movie-shot-on-an-iPhone demographic will want to try “Tangerine,” an exuberantly raw and up-close portrait of one of Los Angeles’ more distinctive sex-trade subcultures. Centered around two sharply drawn transgender women who find the resilience of their friendship tested and affirmed over the course of one busy Christmas Eve, writer-director Sean Baker’s sun-scorched, street-level snapshot is a work of rueful, matter-of-fact insight and unapologetically wild humor that draws a motley collection of funny, sad and desperate individuals into its protagonists’ orbit. The result is a big-hearted, stripped-down yet technically innovative feature obviously destined for a limited audience (even in the age of Amazon’s very different “Transparent”), but it should be enthusiastically embraced on and beyond the Lgbt fest circuit.

Following “Starlet,” his 2012 drama about the unlikely friendship between a 21-year-old aspiring porn actress and an octogenarian woman who missed her own shot at Hollywood celebrity, »

- Justin Chang

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Sundance Shocker: Sean Baker’s Tangerine Was Shot Entirely on iPhone 5s

24 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Filmmaker Sean Baker (Four Letter Words, Take Out, Prince of Broadway, Starlet) premiered his new film Tangerine at the Library theater Friday at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A Q&A followed the screening during which Baker revealed that the film was shot entirely using three iPhone 5S phones. (Update: Our original story said “almost entirely,” […]

The post Sundance Shocker: Sean Baker’s Tangerine Was Shot Entirely on iPhone 5s appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #10. Sean Baker (Tangerine)

24 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…

Sean Baker: 1) Ruben Östlund – After being blown away by Force Majeure, I made sure to check out all of Östlund’s previous works and they are all amazing. I haven’t been this excited about an emerging filmmaker since discovering Ulrich Seidl back in 2001. 2) Soundcloud. Of course I was aware of it prior to 2014 but over the course of the year, I discovered what a valuable tool it is for indie filmmakers. Soundcloud not only exposes you to new trends in music but allows you to reach out directly to artists. We scored Tangerine with extremely high quality music tracks for a fraction of what licensing with music labels would normally cost. It allowed both parties to work directly with one another and make mutually beneficial deals. 3) Iced Sea Salt Coffee... go to 85°C Bakery – A Taiwanese chain of coffee »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance Review: 'Tangerine' is a Charming Buddy Comedy About Transgendered Prostitutes in L.A.

23 January 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Writer-director Sean Baker has explored the lives of marginalized American characters in an ever-fascinating series of unorthodox projects. These have ranged from hustling lower class immigrants in "Take Out" and "Prince of Broadway" to the travails of a meandering porn actress in "Starlet," for which Baker brought the same nuanced approach to an unlikely target. His latest movie "Tangerine" feels more in tune with the two earlier features, which is a very good thing: In this ramshackle and wildly entertaining romp, as two transgendered prostitutes in Los Angeles endure various dramas on Christmas eve, Baker once again manages to match underrepresented faces in American cinema with material that lets their personalities shine. More specifically, "Tangerine" calls to mind "Prince of Broadway," which blended the naturalistic portrait of a Chinatown purse smuggler with a story of reluctant fatherhood that wouldn't seem out of »

- Eric Kohn

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Sundance Premieres Sophisticated ‘Tangerine,’ Shot on iPhone 5s

23 January 2015 6:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the big surprises of day two at the Sundance Film Festival was Sean Baker’s “Tangerine.” The “Starlet” director stunned a packed crowd at the premiere on Friday night when he revealed that he shot his low-budget movie entirely on the iPhone 5s.

Baker held up one of the phones, which he joked he’d stolen from the production. He said he used three iPhones to complete the dramatic comedy, about two transgendered hookers (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez and Mya Taylor) who roam through the streets of Los Angeles. The film was shot in about a month.

“We came across two things that elevated the look,” Baker said. He used a Moondog Labs anamorphic lens and an app called Filmic Pro to get the film’s grainy and sophisticated look.

Baker found his leads, who had no previous acting experience, at the Lgbtq center near where he lives in Los Angeles. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Sundance Exclusive: Photos From Sean Baker's 'Tangerine' Starring James Ransone

22 January 2015 1:22 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sundance kicks off this week, and while we're packing up our boots and parkas for Utah, we've got a few looks at some of the work that will be premiering there this weekend, and will no doubt be on your radar this year. Back at SXSW in 2012, we became huge fans of Sean Baker and his film, "Starlet." A sensitive and lyrical portrayal of an unlikely friendship between porn actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson), Baker's approach to portraying the seedy porn world of the San Fernando Valley was unlike anything we've seen (we may have called it "mumbleporn" in our review). He's back with his latest film, "Tangerine," premiering in the Sundance 2015 Next program, and we've got some exclusive stills to share. Co-starring the most excellent James Ransone, who played a no good boyfriend in "Starlet," and appears to be playing a similar character here, the »

- Katie Walsh

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