About the team

Sean Baker (Director, Writer, Producer) is a director, writer, producer known for the Spirit Award nominated films Tangerine, Take Out and Prince of Broadway. His film Starlet (winner of the Robert Altman Spirit Award) marked the lead role debut of Dree Hemingway and was released in North America by Music Box Films. He is also one of the co-creators of the puppet comedy series Greg the Bunny (IFC/FOX) and its subsequent spin-off, MTV’s Warren the Ape.

Chris Bergoch (Writer, Producer) collaborated on all of the IFC and FOX incarnations of Greg the Bunny along with its MTV spinoff Warren the Ape. Chris is co-writer/associate producer of Starlet as well as co-producer on Dealing. He is following up Tangerine with a musical adventure he wrote and directed.

Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks (Producers) founded June Pictures in 2016 as a filmmaker-driven independent production company that produces and finances feature-length narrative and documentary films.‚ÄØThe LA-based company is currently in production on Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. June Pictures is in post-production on five titles including: The Florida Project; Fun Mom Diner, directed by Alethea Jones, starring Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Katie Aselton, and Molly Shannon; the psychological thriller Thoroughbred, written and directed by Cory Finley, starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Anton Yelchin; and the dramatic comedy Dude, written and directed by Olivia Milch, starring Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp and Awkwafina. The fifth film is a feature length documentary about Hong Kong student activist and politician, Joshua Wong. The Orchard will release their first title, Operator starring Martin Starr and Mae Whitman, in November 2016.

Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri (Producers) as partners in Freestyle Picture Company have 40 years of combined producing experience. They have created award-winning TV, Ô¨Ålm, theater, and branded content with many of the industries biggest names and the most important entertainment companies. Their Ô¨Ålms have played at major festivals around the world including Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, SXSW, LAFF, and Tribeca. Their projects have included the directorial debuts of Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Keys, Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst, and Zoe Saldana. Actors in their Ô¨Ålms have included Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Joel Edgerton, and Kerry Washington. Prior to Freestyle, Francesca was at Moxie Pictures from 2000 to 2006, where she launched and led their Film and TV Group, with a speciÔ¨Åc eÔ¨Äort to develop relationships in the feature Ô¨Ålm and TV industries. Moxie Pictures became one of the world’s leading commercial production companies, with a commercial director roster that included Wes Anderson, Jim Sheridan, Cameron Crowe, John
Waters, Kevin Smith, Errol Morris, and Jared Hess. Kevin’s previous Ô¨Ålm company Cineblast was listed in The Hollywood Reporter short list of top NY production companies each year in its existence, until its sale at the end of 2000. In addition to his experience in the Ô¨Ålm and television industry, Kevin has over 15 years experience as a management consultant, served as faculty at the Parsons School of Design, and received his MBA with honors from The Wharton School.

Shih-Ching Tsou (Producer) is a New York City based filmmaker. She co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced Take Out with Sean Baker, which was nominated for the John Cassavettes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2009. After collaborating on Take Out, Tsou executive-produced Baker’s third feature Starlet, winner of the Robert Altman Spirit Award. She also produced Baker’s latest feature Tangerine.

The Florida Project is a Cinereach grantee.

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