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"Starlet" explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa and Mikey, while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone, tending to her flower garden.

After a confrontation between the two women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows.


Director(s): Sean Baker

Executive Producer(s): Ted Hope, Shih-Ching Tsou, Giancarlo Canavesio, Sol Tryon, Saemi Kim, Saerom Kim

Producer(s): Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach

Screenwriter(s): Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Cinematographer: Radium Cheung

Editor(s): Sean Baker

Production Designer: Mari Yui

Sound Designer: Zach Sievers

Music: Manual

Principal Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian

Director Bio


Sean Baker’s most recent feature "Prince of Broadway", was released theatrically in 2010, presented by Lee Daniels ("Precious"). Winner of 18 international film festivals, it was nominated for Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards, and named one of the best films of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times.


Public Film Contact

Blake Ashman-Kipervaser
Starlet FIlms, LLC
8222 Melrose Ave. #203
Los Angeles


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