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The Florida Project Movie Review

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The Florida Project Movie Review
The Florida Project A24 Director: Sean Baker Screenwriter: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite, Christopher Rivera, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/27/17 Opens: October 6, 2017 If you want to see the type of person that many working class supporters of Donald Trump […]

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Call Me By Your Name and Get Out win big at the 2017 Gotham Awards

The winners of the 2017 Gotham Awards were announced last night, with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name taking home the top prize of Best Feature, as well as the Breakthrough Actor award for Timothee Chalamet.

It was also a good night for Get Out, which received Breakthrough Director Award (Jordan Peele), Best Screenplay (Jordan Peele) and the Audience Award, while James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Check out a full list of the nominations, with the winners in red…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick,
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Independent Spirit Award nominations announced

Just a few moments ago, the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were revealed to the public, continuing on with Phase One of the awards season. This precursor marks another new point in the race, as many of these movies nominated today will be contending for Oscar attention as well. Removed from the Academy Award race though, this is just a great precursor because of what it nominates. The films are small in budget and often need a leg up, so this is a spotlight on what the viewing public should be searching out in theaters and at home on Blu-Ray or VOD. Congrats to the nominees and read on to see who and what they were… You’ll see all of the nominees below, but as you’ll be able to tell, it appears to be a race between Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project, Get Out, and Lady Bird,
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The Florida Project review

Sean Baker's The Florida Project lands in cinemas, and promptly divides audiences...

I’ve already written once about The Florida Project on this site. It was when discussing Odeon’s Screen Unseen programme, which had The Florida Project as its surprise film in October. I sat in the midst of a multiplex audience that wasn’t into the film at all, quietly breaking. I tell this story simply to enforce that I think The Florida Project is one of the most audience-splitting films I’ve seen in a long time. And I’ve seen Mother!

The film is director Sean Baker’s second movie in two years, following his iPhone-shot breakthrough, Tangerine. This time, he shoots with cameras, and takes us to the edges of the Florida tourism trade. Along a highway lined with souvenir shops, family restaurants and ice cream stalls is The Magic Castle, a tantalising sounding hotel on the internet perhaps.
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Aaron Sorkin, Holly Hunter Headline Savannah Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary

Aaron Sorkin, Holly Hunter Headline Savannah Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary
While so many film festivals focus their attention on unveiling the latest big screen projects up for sale, as one of the few — and the largest — affiliated with a university, the Scad Savannah Film Festival makes the event an opportunity not just for cinema buffs and industry tastemakers, but also students seeking to emulate the directors, writers, and actors who’ve carved a place for themselves in the film industry.

Now in its 20th year, the festival, which runs through Nov. 4, kicked off its opening weekend by honoring such Hollywood luminaries as Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter — “I’m a Georgia girl,” she told the crowd gathered at the Trustees Theater, Saturday Oct. 28 — and Aaron Sorkin, whose directing debut “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain, bowed that same night. Sorkin served up inspiring tales of his humble beginnings as a writer.

Like any struggling artist in a city, I had a whole bunch of survival jobs,” Sorkin told the
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Savannah Film Fest: How 'The Little Rascals' Inspired 'The Florida Project'

Savannah Film Fest: How 'The Little Rascals' Inspired 'The Florida Project'
"It's just been a wild ride," says Sean Baker, the co-writer and director of The Florida Project, as I sit down with him and his co-writer Chris Bergoch at the Savannah Film Festival, following a screening of their dramedy about kids growing up in a motel in Florida. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, subsequently screened at the Toronto and New York film fests and opened in select theaters Oct. 6 to a formidable 97 percent favorable rating from critics on RottenTomatoes. Baker summarizes: "It's been exhausting, but wild and great."

Our post-screening Q&A ended...
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‘The Florida Project’s Chris Bergoch Signs With Verve

‘The Florida Project’s Chris Bergoch Signs With Verve
Exclusive: Chris Bergoch, who co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed The Florida Project directed by Sean Baker, has signed with Verve. The Florida Project, led by a cast of Willem Dafoe and little scene-stealer Brooklynn Prince, has already been garnering Oscar buzz. The film, which premiered in Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight this year, was just released by A24 on October 6. The other co-writer of the project was Baker. Bergoch also co-wrote Starlet and Tanger…
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Get Out leads nominations for 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards

The nominations for the 27th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards have been announced today, with Jordan Peele’s acclaimed directorial feature Get Out leading the pack with nods in four categories – Best Feature, Breakthrough Director (Peele), Best Screenplay (Peele) and Best Actor.

Get Out will contest the Best Feature award against Call Me By Your Name (three nominations in total), The Florida Project (three nominations in total), Good Time (two nominations in total) and I, Tonya (two nominations in total).

Via Deadline, here’s a full list of the nominations…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H.
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“Get Out” leads the Gotham Award nominations

Just a few short hours ago, the precursor season kicked off this morning for 2017 with the nominations for the 27th annual Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards. Yes, we’ve reached that point in the year. Precursors will begin trickling in, starting to establish early frontrunners. Leading off is the Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards, which will give us an idea of which indies are contenders, as opposed to just pretenders. This won’t be the last word on them, by any stretch, but it is the first word, and that’s something to take note of. Gotham is beginning a run that will ultimately end up at the Academy Awards in March. As you’ll see below, Get Out led the field with four nominations, followed by Call Me By Your Name, Columbus, The Florida Project, and Lady Bird with three apiece. There was also Good Time, I, Tonya, and Mudbound among multiple nominees,
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Check Out The UK Trailer & Poster For ‘The Florida Project’

Altitude Film Distribution have released the first UK trailer and poster for The Florida Project, the break-out film of 2017 that first played at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. It recently had its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

The film has been set for a 10th November 2017 release date in the UK and Ireland, by distributor Altitude.

Directed by Sean Baker, and co-written with Chris Bergoch, The Florida Project is Baker’s follow up to his 2015 award winning feature Tangerine, which he also co-wrote with Bergoch. The Florida Project stars Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Murder on the Orient Express) and features standout performances from newcomers Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince and Valeria Cotto.

The Florida Project tells the story of Moonee (Brookynn Prince), a precocious six-year- old and her ragtag group of friends. The children’s summer break is filled with wonder, mischief and adventure
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‘The Florida Project’ Is Big Indie Box Office Success

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‘The Florida Project’ Is Big Indie Box Office Success
While “Blade Runner 2049” has fizzled in wide release, A24’s “The Florida Project” has sizzled at the indie box office. Sean Baker’s film about a six-year-old girl growing up with a single mother in a motel in a poor area of Orlando has grossed $152,622 from just four theaters for a per screen average of $38,156 — one of the largest PSAs of 2017. With a sterling 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score from its premiere at Cannes, it is expected to be in the conversation come awards season. Baker directed the film and wrote it with Chris Bergoch, and it stars Brooklynn...
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‘The Florida Project’ Director Sean Baker on His Modern-Day ‘Little Rascals’ and America’s Hidden Homeless

Sean Baker’s vivid new film The Florida Project is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and it recently played at the New York Film Festival, fulfilling the director’s long-time dream. While at the festival, he sat down with his producer Chris Bergoch and acting coach Samantha Quan at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.

The trio took part in Nyff Live, a nightly event held during the festival to go deep into the process of making the films highlighted across every category of the fest. Baker and Bergoch talked about stumbling upon the ‘hidden homeless’ in south Florida that inspired The Florida Project. They also discussed casting breakout star Brooklyn Prince and The Little Rascals influence throughout Baker’s films. Throughout the talk, one gets a taste for Baker’s humanism and how it drives every storytelling decision across his oeuvre. He is gifting American
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How Instagram and ‘The Little Rascals’ Inspired Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ (Exclusive)

How Instagram and ‘The Little Rascals’ Inspired Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ (Exclusive)
Sean Baker, the creator of Fox’s Greg the Bunny, enjoyed breakout success (and Oscar buzz) with the 2015 film Tangerine. Telling the story of two transgender prostitutes, the movie was notably shot entirely on an iPhone 5. Once again, modern technology -- this time, Instagram -- is playing a pivotal role in the 46-year-old director’s latest film, The Florida Project, about 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), and her tumultuous childhood, growing up right outside the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World.

Moonee and her young, out-of-work, single mom Halley (Instagram star Bria Vinaite) live week to week in the Magic Castle budget motel, run by the hardworking yet kindhearted Bobby (Willem Dafoe). It was Baker’s co-writer Chris Bergoch who brought the plight of Orlando’s hidden homeless population to Baker’s attention, and together they got to work on this film.

“I’ve always been inspired by The Little Rascals,” Baker says, referring
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‘The Florida Project’: Sean Baker Almost Lost His Crew and Movie During Production

‘The Florida Project’: Sean Baker Almost Lost His Crew and Movie During Production
Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” has been hailed as his best film, a triumphant followup to his iPhone-shot “Tangerine” set in an Orlando budget motel that has wowed audiences at festivals around the world. Raves have singled out his six-year-old star, Brooklynn Prince, and Willem Dafoe as the hotel manager, both of whom anchor an extraordinary, heartbreaking drama.

But last summer, towards the end of production on “The Florida Project,” Baker confessed he was in hell. He compared his challenges to Francis Ford Coppola’s experiences on “Apocalypse Now” – living in fear that the production was constantly on the verge of collapse and sincerely wondering if the footage he was bringing back to New York to edit could be turned into a movie.

“Like all of my films, there’s still an element of not having control,” said Baker in an interview with IndieWire. For the film, he continued
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Former USA Today Film Critic Claudia Puig Sets Sights on New North Carolina Film Festival

Former USA Today film critic Claudia Puig is adding another programming feather to her cap, thanks to the announcement that she will program the newly announced Film Fest 919, set to unspool next October in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Founded by festival luminaries Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, the festival is aiming to “showcase award-winning feature films discovered from the festival circuit worldwide, as well as notable filmmakers.” But it gets better — and dare we say it, tastier — as the festival’s film program will be combined with shining a light on culinary artists from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle region.

“I’m very excited about Film Fest 919. I’m thrilled to be programming and showcasing a carefully curated, compelling and diverse breadth of narrative features for such an engaged and film-loving audience,” Puig said. “And how fun it will be to pair the vitality of films with wonderful cuisine from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle.
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“The Florida Project” is one of the year’s best films

The most affecting movies tend to sneak up on you. In the case of The Florida Project, Sean Baker’s new film has been steadily building buzz since the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Still, when I got to see it back in August, there was no way to predict how much it would blow me away, even with that hype. It’s finally hitting theaters this week and should be an Oscar player later on this year. It also represents yet another top notch selection from A24, who have arguably the best taste in the industry. Once you see this flick, you’ll see what I mean. It’s damn near impossible to forget, though trust me, you won’t want to. Set in a poor section of Florida, right in the shadow of Disney World, we follow six year old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) over the course of one summer. She
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Nyff Live by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-09-28 20:16:00

Let The Sun Shine In director Claire Denis and Joachim Trier (Thelma) will participate in a Film Comment: Filmmakers Chat with the magazine’s editor-in-chief Nicolas Rapold Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig; Richard Linklater on his Opening Night film Last Flag Flying; Serge Bozon and Isabelle Huppert on Mrs Hyde (Madame Hyde); Noah Baumbach on The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected); Making The Florida Project: Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch; Making Call Me By Your Name: Luca Guadagnino, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg; Documenting Creativity: Griffin Dunne, Rebecca Miller, Susan Lacy, Josh Koury and Myles Kane; Vanessa Redgrave on Sea Sorrow; Ruben Östlund on The Square, and a Film Comment: Filmmakers Chat with Claire Denis on Let The Sun Shine In and Joachim Trier on Thelma are a number of highlights announced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center's sixth edition of the free talk
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Could Willem Dafoe be in the running to win an Oscar for “The Florida Project”?

Earlier this week, we got a Trailer for a rather small independent movie that could make a pretty big splash during the awards season. This probably won’t shock you, but it’s also an A24 release. The flick in question is The Florida Project, which has been building some steady buzz since the Cannes Film Festival, especially for Willem Dafoe. Long considered by some to be overdue for a statue, Dafoe has received career best notices for his turn here. If he’s truly as good as advertised, he could help drive this movie right through the precursors. Watch out for this one folks. The film is a look at growing up in poverty. The catch is, it’s seen through the eyes of a rather precocious and innocent six year old girl. Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her friends, including Jancey (Valeria Cotto), run around the a week to
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‘The Florida Project’ Trailer Reveals Sean Baker’s Moving ‘Tangerine’ Follow-Up

A24 has released the first trailer for The Florida Project, the highly anticipated new film from Tangerine filmmaker Sean Baker. Written by Baker and Chris Bergoch, the film takes place on a stretch of highway just outside of Disney World and follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) over the course of a single summer as the two live week-to-week at a budget motel called “The Magic Castle.” Willem Dafoe stars as the motel’s manager, who strikes a kinship with Moonee and begins to feel responsible for Halley’s well-being. Tangerine
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Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Gets Awards Season Release in October

Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Gets Awards Season Release in October
A24 has given an awards season release date of Oct. 6 to Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project.”

Variety first reported that A24 had bought the movie about a young girl and her troubled mother living in a Sunshine State motel after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. The distributor outbid Amazon Studios, Neon, and Annapurna with an offer that topped $1 million.

Willem Dafoe and Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class”) star with newcomers Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite. Baker co-wrote the picture with Chris Bergoch.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman wrote in his Cannes review “The spirit of tingly visual and moral adventure that animated ‘Tangerine’ — its whole absorption in the beauty of reality — is very much in play in ‘The Florida Project.’ It’s a worthy and accomplished follow-up, authentic and movingly told, and it should build on the audience that Baker found with ‘Tangerine.'”

Baker’s last film,
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