Sean Baker’s 2015 film “Tangerine” made waves at the Sundance Film Festival for being shot entirely with iPhones. The film depicts the life of a transgender Los Angeles prostitute, Sin-Dee, played by Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, as she discovers her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her.
The opening scene, as well as later scenes, were filmed at the former Donut Time on Santa Monica Blvd. The filmmakers aimed for authenticity in their choice of locations, as this section of Hollywood is widely known for prostitution. The Donut Time has since been replaced by Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts, owned and operated by actor Danny Trejo.
LOCATION: 6785 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Sin-Dee makes her way down to the Vermont / Santa Monica Metro Station.
LOCATION: 1015 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
She sits at this bench in front of the station, considering her next moves.
Sin-Dee makes her way to a motel full of drug addicts and prostitutes, in search of another prostitute, whom she believes is cheating with her boyfriend. This is the former Grand Motel, which has since closed. Amy Winehouse also filmed scenes for her music video for “Tears Dry On Their Own” at the motel.
LOCATION: 1479 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Another view of the former motel property, which is now fenced off until it is either remodeled or demolished.