Starlet (2012)

Sean Baker’s underappreciated 2012 film “Starlet” filmed mostly in the San Fernando Valley in California.  The old lady’s house where she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the much younger Jane (Dree Hemingway) can be found in North Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 11541 Albers St, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The property is largely covered by trees, just as depicted in the film.

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Jane and Sadie visit the Whitnall Dog Park, which is surrounded by power lines.

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LOCATION: 5801 Whitnall Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 91601

The nail salon Jane visits can be found in Canoga Park.

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LOCATION: 20121 Vanowen St, Winnetka, CA 91306

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Tangerine (2015)

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  The Donut Time has since been replaced by Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts, owned and operated by actor Danny Trejo.

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LOCATION: 6785 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Sin-Dee makes her way down to the Vermont / Santa Monica Metro Station.

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LOCATION: 1015 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

She sits at this bench in front of the station, considering her next moves.

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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.

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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.

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The Florida Project (2017)

Sean Baker’s excellent 2017 film “The Florida Project” was shot almost entirely on location in Kissimmee, Florida, along the outskirts of Disney World in Orlando.  The vast majority of the film takes place at the Magic Castle Inn & Suites, where a slice of life story unfolds about a mother, Halley, and her daughter, Moonee, played by Bria Vinaite and Brooklynn Prince.

The Magic Castle Inn is a real, operational hotel in Kissimmee and still appears exactly as it did in the film.

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LOCATION: 5055 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

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Halley and Moonee stay in room 323 for most of the film.

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The kids often sit underneath these stairs near the front entrance of the hotel, including the film’s opening scene.

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The hotel manager, Bobby, played by Willem Dafoe, comes over to the pool to tell an elder guest, who is sunbathing topless, to cover herself up.

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The kids are playing around these picnic tables when a child predator approaches them and strikes up a conversation.  Bobby, seeing what’s happening from afar, quickly intervenes.

In the open field behind the picnic tables, helicopters regularly take flight.  Lacking the funds to control this, the filmmakers instead incorporated the helicopters into the film.

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Another view of the hotel, which was filmed from nearly every angle imaginable over the course of the film.  We won’t attempt to document them all.

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Jancey stays at the former Futureland Inn.  The hotel has since changed ownership and is currently known as the Paradise Inn.  Gone are the distinctive rockets from the front sign.  What does appear the same, other than a paint job, is the room where Jancey and her mom stay, which the kids visit early in the film, spitting on the car from the second level.

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LOCATION: 4501 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

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