Chapman University’s four-film Los Angeles in Film and Fiction series at The Frida concludes with writer/director Sean Baker’s 2015 fiercely independent tour de force Tangerine.
Proving that you don’t need a massive studio budget to deliver a powerful and visually stunning feature film, Tangerine took Sundance by storm – where Baker then revealed that the film was shot under a $100,000 budget, and moreover, exclusively on three iPhone 5s smartphones, a clip-on lens and an $8 app for an anamorphic ratio, and Steadicam Smoothee Mounts. Over 20 international awards later, Tangerine was one the most buzzed-about independent films of 2015 – and easily one of the best-reviewed.
When transgender sex worker Sin-Dee (Kiki Rodriguez), who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, meets up with her friend Alexandra, another trans sex worker, at a donut shop in Hollywood on Christmas Eve, she is promptly told that her boyfriend and pimp Chester (James Ransone) has been cheating on her – and what’s most unsettling for Sin-Dee, with a cisgender woman. What follows is an odyssey through Los Angeles like no other, a side-splitting comedy with tremendous heart as Sin-Dee sets out to hunt down Chester and confront him – while exhausted Alexandra does her best to accept an already strained and seemingly unbalanced friendship.
Advance tickets available at The Frida Cinema, or online by clicking here.