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(2015)

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This film was shot exclusively on three iPhone 5s smartphones, along with the Moondog Labs' anamorphic clip on lens and a $8 app, FiLMiC Pro in addition to Steadicam Smoothee Mounts. Director Sean Baker revealed this at the Sundance Film Festival.
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The film was shot while co-lead Mya Taylor was first starting to take female hormones.
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The title of the movie was chosen as a reference to the striking color of the Los Angeles sky at sunset.
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Mya Taylor, in an radio interview with Terry Gross, revealed that, much like her character Alexandra, she had worked as a prostitute in Hollywood.
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Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez were already friends in real life before the production started.
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In the first major critical survey of LGBT films, conducted by the BFI in 2016, Tangerine (2015) was named the 11th best LGBT film of all time.
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The Cherokee says he was named Mia after a red bird by his mother. Clu Gulager who plays the Cherokee was named after the Clu Clu birds that were surrounding his home when he was born.
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Sean Baker's first directed film to have an MPAA rating, all of his previous films are unrated / not rated.
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Set in Los Angeles primarily at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue. This is an area notorious for drugs and prostitution.
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Director Sean Baker and co-writer Chris Bergoch met Mya Taylor at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, an LGBT community center on McCadden Place in Hollywood. The Village is located close to the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, where most of the action of the film takes place, and the center is visible in the scene involving the Parsimonious John (his car is parked across the street).
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The film captures several physical aspects of the Santa Monica and Highland intersection in Hollywood at a key point in time. By mid-2016, many of the buildings that appear in the film had been torn down, including the Arena Nightclub where Sin-Dee promises that there will be "no drama, Alexandra." Donut Time, where several scenes take place, closed down and re-opened, a year later, as Trejo's Coffee & Donuts.
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Sean Baker, in an radio interview with Terry Gross, credited Kitana Kiki Rodriguez with coming up with the revenge part of the plot (that of her character, Sin-Dee, hunting down the woman who slept with Chester).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The 8th best film of 2015 according to director John Waters in Artforum. [Dec. 2015]
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The 14th best film of the year in 'Sight and Sound' magazine's annual critics poll for 2015. [Nov. 2015].
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Actor James Ransone's character name in Tangerine, Chester, is the same as that of arguably his most famous role: Chester "Ziggy" Sobotka on season 2 of The Wire (2002).
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Tangerine premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
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Actor Josh Sussman appears as the character Retch Chunder in one of the early cab scenes. Sussman worked with director Sean Baker and co-writer/co-producer Chris Bergoch in the MTV series Warren the Ape (2010).
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