Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The theme for this month: Under Pressure.
Theme song: Under Pressure by David Bowie
June has descended upon us in all its thermal glory. I find myself wishing for rain, to make the lawns happy, & clear the brown smog out of the air. This Friday, the TFC is screening one of the most awarded Indie films made to date, Sean Baker’s TANGERINE (2015).
Baker directed, co-wrote it, & edited it. He has written & directed 9 films since 2000, including FOUR LETTER WORDS (2000), TAKE OUT (2004), PRINCE OF BROADWAY (2008), & STARLET (2012), & helped create 2 TV series, GREG, THE BUNNY, and WARREN, THE APE.
Sean Baker does the cinematography on most of his own movies. He did so using the iPhone 5 on this film; working with two other camera/phone operators.
Smart phones work well it seems. Baker also used the Moon Dog Lab’s anamorphic lenses, and a Steadicam Smoothie Mount.
Ashken (from the movie): LA is just a beautifully wrapped lie.
Written & Directed by Sean Baker @ 88 minutes.
The film stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, with Clu Gulager.
Synopsis: This is a creative lauded Indie film that was shot entirely on three iPhoto 5’s. On Christmas Eve in Hollywood, a working girl runs the mean streets searching for the pimp that broke her heart–revealing the brash & outrageous world of street people that will both disturb you & give you insights.
Rotten Tomatoes rated it at an astonishing 97% Critic’s Approval, and 76% Audience Approval. Out of 134 reviews, 130 of them were positive. IMDb rated it at 7.1 stars. John Waters rated it as the “8th Best Film” of the year. SIGHT & SOUND rated it as the 14th best of the year.
The film did well at Sundance, won a Gotham Audience Award, “Best Director” at the International Cinephile Awards, & Best Director at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Peter Calder of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD wrote: “It exudes a terrific, urgent energy that elevates it far beyond its grubby milieu, into a handsome & touching portrait of human beings struggling to stay afloat.”
James Marsh of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST wrote: “This film is destined to become a landmark in American Independent Cinema, & I consider it essential viewing.”
Luis Galvan of EN FILME wrote: “TANGERINE is a bittersweet comedy that is full of love for those who live in the big city.”
So, mark your calendars for this Friday, June 10, 2016, and join the Tacoma Film Club for a special screening of the fabulous TANGERINE (2016). It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), the church building that the TFC rents for our events, It is located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J streets.
Come early, around 6:30 pm, & join some of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages to share with others. Clean up after yourselves, & remember there is no food or beverages allowed upstairs in the sanctuary during the screening.
There will be a donation box near the entrance to the sanctuary, & all the collected funds are used to help pay the rent for the space, & other Club expenses. Director, Diane Jensen, will have the 2016 TFC Membership cards available, & the annual dues is still just $20.00. TANGERINE will screen at 7:30 pm, & it runs 88 minutes–so the curtain will come down before 9:30 pm. See you at the movies!