NYFF55 : Standing Ovation for Sean Baker The Florida Project – text by Vincent Gagliostro

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Dear Shaded Viewers,

Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT offers a “Little Rascals” for our times, and the best ending since Truffaut’s 400 BLOWS. A six-year-old girl and her two best friends run wild on the grounds of a week-by-week motel complex on the edge of Orlando’s Disney World. This is a picture of childhood on the margins with a vision that is full of adventure and survival beyond heartbreak. As a filmmaker myself, Sean inspires.


Vincent Gagliostro

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.