Q&A: TANGERINE DIRECTOR SEAN BAKER
On December 5, director Sean Baker answered questions via Skype for Prof. Scahill's Film Genre class as they concluded a unit on the screwball comedy. His award-winning film Tangerine chronicles a day in the life of two transgender sex workers in L.A. using a hyper-saturated "pop vérité" style and caused a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival for being shot entirely on an iPhone 5. In the clip above, Baker addresses the political potential of both social realism and comedy, and the challenges of striking a balance between the two.
This is the fourth "Talking Pictures" Q&A in Dr. Scahill's film studies classes, as students have previously engaged with film composer Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road), producer Anne Rosellini (Winter's Bone), and producer Stuart Lyons (Breaking Bad).