“Starlet” – Sean Baker’s Delightful Early Film

  • Starlet wiki (Starket is currently streaming at Kanopy).

    The film won the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

    Interview at Lincoln Center

    what can you say about Starlet or the dog who plays Starlet?

    [Laughing.] It’s Boonee. B-O-O-N-E-E. He’s literally sleeping next to me at this moment. He’s a wonderful little dog—a rescue from Los Angeles County. He grew up on television sets that I worked on so he’s really comfortable and he could care less about a camera.
    He certainly seems it.
    Yeah. It really came down to two things: One, it was sweltering hot in The Valley so he was lethargic, and two, he really couldn’t care if someone was running around with this big object on their shoulder because he’s seen it so much. He never looked at the camera because he already knew what it was. You would think the boom mic pole would’ve attracted him, but he never cared about it because he had seen it growing up.

    (Happy int’l dog day Aug 26, 2021)

    Dree Hemingway wiki

    She is the daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway, her great grandfather is the author Ernest Hemingway.

  • Besedka J.

    Bedsedka Johnson was a break out star at 84

    Startlet” was her first and final film before she passed away in 2013.

  • Sean Baker’s top 10 at Criterion
    #6 Sean Baker picked Harold and Maude directed by Hal Ashby. He called it a perfect film and obviously a huge influence (Starlet was Baker’s Harold and Maude).