This is the reel that has been used to introduce me to my new community. Many thanks to the Filmmakers Alliance who did the first pass on it back in 2009. Still refining, but....
LA Times: "One of the year's most arresting, heartfelt indies".
NY Times (Manhola Dargis): "The bright sun that blasts through “Starlet,” a thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening, bathes everything in a radiant light, even the small houses with thirsty lawns and dusty cars. This isn’t nowhere, but it’s right next door..."
Variety: "Though named after a party girl's pet Chihuahua, "Starlet" could just as easily describe the two exceptional first-timers making their debuts in this brittle, beautifully understated San Fernando Valley character study"
Village Voice: "An empathic, absorbing tale of the old and the beautiful, Starlet tracks an unlikely intergenerational friendship in the San Fernando Valley. Director Sean Baker's genuine admiration for these two women extends to their idiosyncrasies, yet they never become fools, whores, saints, or coots."
NPR: "Starlet represents a welcome throwback to the smoggy West Coast character studies of the 1970s"
The Onion AV Club: "Starlet is refreshingly unsentimental in its depiction of both youth and age. Starlet is an unusually subtle, quiet character study that builds to a quietly powerful climax"
Need I say more? The 1st weekend of a film, as you know damn well, makes or breaks an indie. Please check it out this weekend in New York or LA.
Sean Baker's latest feature, STARLET was chosen by Sight & Sound as one of the 30 films to see at BFI London Film Festival. Quite an honor to be on this list among so many important films. http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/london-film-festival-2012-30-recommendations
Sean Baker's follow up to "Prince Of Broadway", STARLET will be opening Nov. 9th in NY & LA. NY theaters will be Landmark Sunshine and Lincoln Center (Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center).
STARLET will also be playing AFI film festival in LA the week of Nov. 1-8.
Yup. You can see Martin Donovan's debut feature on the big screen next week (October 7th) if you are in Manchester, UK. Yup, this is the very same film that David Morse won the Best Actor Award for in Karlovy Vary. And it is the same one that I developed and Executive Produced. Let me know if you go. I think you'll dig it. And if you don't like it, send me your receipt, and I will reimburse you!
Vanessa has been filming a documentary on US/China diplomacy, tentatively entitled "The Forty Year Engagement". Part of it follows the former US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman. She was just in Utah, to show Mr. Huntsman, the former Governor of Utah, where they are on the project. Suffice it to say it was a successful trip. The local television picked up on it. Check it out: http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2247.shtml#.UGUFEeLvZUQ.twitter
Yes, it's true: STARLET premiered in the USA in competition at SXSW (where it won Best Actor) , and just recently made it's international debut in competition at Locarno (where it won the Junior Jury Award), quickly followed by Oldenburg (Germany). And it's been getting great reviews. Music Box is set to release in the States late fall or early winter, and we have a whole long list of places you may be able to catch Starlet first. In fact there are six more prestigious fests that are to screen it that I could not list because they have yet to announce their line-ups. But check out all the places you can see it first:
DARK HORSE cracked iTunes top ten independent films last night. It's because of you. But only you can get it up... http://ituneschart.com/itunes-movies-chart/independent-movies/
Todd Solondz's latest is on digital. You can watch it on iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Instant, YouTube (Movies), Microsoft Zune, Sony Playstation.
Please do. I produced it.
Yup, yesterday I gave you the good news about iTunes riding in the Solondz rodeo. Well, that other digital distro entity lassoed us too. Watch what many find to be Todd's most accessible film yet tonight:
I know that my true friends went to see my latest production in the theaters. Okay maybe a few of them didn't but had great excuses, like watching their children. Well, for all that missed it here is the film that the NYTimes, New York Magazine, and the New Yorker all raved about; now on iTunes:
What else could you want to do this weekend?