Tangerine. 2015. USA. Directed by Sean Baker. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. 88 min.
Part of the series The Contenders 2015

Tangerine with Sean Baker

Wednesday Jan 13, 2016 7:30 PM This is a past program

Shot on Apple 5s smartphones fitted with widescreen adapters, Baker’s remarkably impressive low-budget feature was inspired by the street life of the LGBT community in West Hollywood. Over the course of a single day at Christmastime, transgender prostitutes Sin-dee and Alexandra struggle to maintain their friendship as one pursues her unfaithful pimp and the other a singing career. Meanwhile, a bisexual Armenian cab driver cruises the neighborhood for fares and sex, as his suspicious mother-in-law closes in on his secret life. Shot on location around Santa Monica Boulevard’s unofficial red light district, the film’s dramatic comedy and endearing characters are grounded in the matter-of-fact reality of the contemporary sex trade.

A Q&A between director Sean Baker and MoMA's Ron Magliozzi follows the screening.

Tangerine. 2015. USA. Directed by Sean Baker. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. 88 min.

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$15 General Admission 
$10 Hammer Members with valid discount code

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Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.