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When Life Gives you Oranges, Make…: Sean Baker Embarks on “The Florida Project”

For what will become his sixth feature film, film format friendly auteur Sean Baker is moving over to the east coast Sunshine State for the aptly titled The Florida Project and the best news of all: he’ll be going back to 35mm. With casting underway, it was announced that filming will begin this summer with Baker producing alongside plenty of former collaborators: his CRE Films partner Chris Bergoch, June Pictures’ Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks, Freestyle Picture Company’s Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy, and Shih-Ching Tsou. Darren Dean is executive producing.

Gist: Written by Baker and Chris Bergoch, this revolves around a single-parent family trying to stay afloat in these hard times, seen through the eyes of a precocious seven-year old girl and her rag-tag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure.

Worth Noting: Not yet confirmed, but Baker will likely re-team with dp Radium Cheung (Starlet and Tangerine).

Do We Care?: Coming off what several (including our Nicholas Bell) consider his career best in the “priceless, beautiful, and emotionally richTangerine, we’re big on a premise that belongs to the film worlds we might have seen in Beasts of the Southern Wild and George Washington and certainly reminds us of when he worked with little humans in Prince of Broadway


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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