Sean Baker’s vibrant Hollywood odyssey “Tangerine” has been the gift that keeps on giving this year. First dazzling audiences at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and then earning some of the largest indie summer buzz upon its July release, “Tangerine” now finds itself as one of the biggest underdog contenders in the 2015-16 awards race.
Starring first-time actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, the comedy-drama follows Alexandra and Sin-Dee Rella, two transgender prostitutes, as they roam the streets of Hollywood on Christmas Eve looking for the latter’s cheating pimp boyfriend. Their journey brings them into contact (and chaos) with a host of memorable street characters, including the boyfriend’s new prostitute girlfriend. As wacky as the plot gets, Baker keeps the script focused tight on the bond between the two leads, crafting an offbeat screwball comedy with big laughs and an even bigger heart.
The movie recently won two major awards at the Gotham Independent Film Awards (Breakthrough Actress for Mya Taylor and the Audience Award) and picked up four Independent Spirit Awards (including Best Feature), and distributor Magnolia Pictures is currently in the middle of the first awards campaign ever for a transgender actress. With so much momentum currently in the film’s favor, Indiewire is honored to exclusively premiere Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch’s screenplay online.