Tangerine tells the story of Sin-Dee, a transgender prostitute in Los Angeles who comes back to town after a one-month stint in jail and hears from her best friend Alexandra that her pimp boyfriend, Chester, has been unfaithful. Together, she and Alexandra go on a trek through LA to track Chester down and encounter all sorts of colorful characters and situations along the way – in other words, a classic hero’s journey.
Spirit Award-winning indie filmmaker Sean Baker (Starlet) directed the film – which he shot exclusively on the iPhone – and co-wrote the script with his frequent collaborator Chris Bergoch. Baker also produced the film with additional help from Duplass Brothers Productions. The cast features several promising up-and-comers including Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in the role of Sin-Dee and Mya Taylor as Alexandra. James Ransone (Sinister, Inside Man) also stars as Chester.
The trailer is vibrant with its feisty characters, foul-mouthed dialogue, and intimately aggressive filming style. With a tone similar to 2013’s Spring Breakers, the actors blend into and elevate their gritty, fast-paced environment.