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PODCAST: ‘Tangerine’ Director Sean Baker Knows How to Turn $100K Into a Hit — and He Won’t Do It Again

PODCAST: ‘Tangerine’ Director Sean Baker Knows How to Turn $100K Into a Hit — and He Won’t Do It Again

“I thought after ‘Starlet,’ I was going to get at least some money to make a much bigger film.” 

That didn’t happen; in fact, just the opposite. But Sean Baker’s fifth feature, “Tangerine,” is his most successful film yet.

On this week’s episode of Indiewire Influencers, Baker shows us how he made “Tangerine” his biggest success, a journey that includes running from angry bus drivers, shooting on smartphones and a producer who doubled as wardrobe and continuity. 

He also tells us why he’s turned down offers for an encore — and how he plans to keep making movies his own way (even though he admits TV might be a smarter move.)

READ MORE: Sundance Review: ‘Tangerine’ is a charming buddy comedy about transgendered prostitutes in LA 

Listen to the full episode above.


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