May 1, 2020

BAPL’s Virtual Film Series – The Florida Project (2017)

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Date(s) - 05/01/2020 - 05/31/2020
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Join us for a virtual film series for adults on Kanopy! The Florida Project (2017) concludes our Spring 2020 series “Living on the Edge: Themes of Poverty in Recent American Independent Film.” Featuring candid and natural performances from its young, untrained actors and an Academy Award nominated turn by Willem Dafoe in a supporting role, the film presents an unbiased look at a ramshackle motel and its inhabitants in Orlando, Florida. Director Sean Baker, who’s previous efforts, including 2012’s Starlet and 2015’s Tangerine – which he shot entirely using an iPhone 5S, share a penchant for elevating outsiders into primacy, and here The Florida Project presents a colorful array.  Drama. 111 Minutes. Rated R for strong language and adult themes. Parental discretion is advised.

Join us on Wednesday May 27 at 7:30 PM for a film discussion on Zoom! Please register here.

Be sure to follow along virtually with our film series! Our film series films are all available for free with BAPL library card at All you will need is your library card number and pin. 

Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (2017)

For Brian Tallerico’s review of the film go here:

For an excellent interview of Baker about the film:

Additional Resources:


Gleiberman, Owen.  “’Florida Project’ Director Sean Baker on America’s ‘Hidden Homeless’,” Variety, 4 October 2017,  Accessed 20 April 2020.

Kohn, Eric.  “Sean Baker Shares His Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences and Why Theaters Must Survive,” IndieWire, 13 April 2020,  Accessed 20 April 2020.

Petersen, Anne Helen.  “The Director of the Year’s Most-Hyped Movie Isn’t Playing Hollywood’s Game,” BuzzFeed News, 19 November 2017, 20 April 2020.

Sextro, Charlie.  “On not giving up,” [From a conversation with Sean Baker].

The Creative Independent, 5 October 2018, .Accessed 20 April 2020.


Desmond, Matthew.  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City [Reprint Edition], Broadway Books, 2017.

Duncan, Cynthia M.  Worlds Apart: Poverty and Politics in Rural America [Second Edition], Yale University Press, 2015.

For questions or comments about the film series, please contact Matthew Rothfuss, BAPL Adult Services Department.