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

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

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.”

ICM Partners and Submarine negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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