Directed by: Sean Baker 2012 | 103 min.

Section: New American Filmmakers

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Coming of Age, Drama


Sponsored by:

The Vilcek Foundation

STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley.  Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her chihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden.  After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie's past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films, the Spirit Award nominated PRINCE OF BROADWAY and TAKE OUT, capturing the rhythms of everyday life with a rare authenticity. Featuring exceptional debut performances by Dree Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) and 85 year-old Besedka Johnson, who received a Special Jury Recognition at SxSW, STARLET is at once provocative, haunting, unpredictable, and surprisingly sweet.

*Warning: This film contains graphic sexual content.


Tuesday, October 16 6:45 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed
Saturday, October 20 1:15 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Sean Baker
Screenwriter Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Producer Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri
Executive Producer Giancarlo Canavesio, Ted Hope, Saemi Kim, Saerom Kim, Sol Tryon, Shih-Ching Tsou
Cast Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone
Cinematographer Radium Cheung
Production Designer Mari Yui
Editor Sean Baker

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