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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sean Baker’s The Florida Project

Not unlike how we feel about the road trip formula, there is no shortage of or love lost for: kids drifting off into ruined worlds and vividly living life in exploratory mode (see George Washington to Beasts of the Southern Wild for brilliant examples). A true creative force, and one of our American indie filmmaker heroes, 2015’s Tangerine (nominated and winner for a slew of Gothams and Indie Spirits) undoubtably became the defining moment for the name of Sean Baker to introduce himself to a larger base of cinephiles. Apart from the landing the likes of Willem Dafoe, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair and inserting a non-professional set into the mix, the shot on 35mm The Florida Project includes the creative involvement of cinematographer Post Tenebras Lux‘s Alexis Zabe.

Gist: Co-written Chris Bergoch, this tells the story of a precocious six year old and her rag-tag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.

Production Co./Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy (Tangerine), Andrew Duncan (Fun Mom Dinner), Alex Saks (Wildlife), Francesca Silvestri (Starlet), Shih-Ching Tsou (Tangerine).

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic would be the only place to showcase this item, but the team could bypass Park City for a spot on the Croisette or Lido.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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