Tangerine: Winner of Audience Prize at 2015 Gotham Awards

Tangerine won the audience award at the 2015 Gotham Awards.

“I didn’t even thank the audience, because I didn’t even know we were up for it!” said director Sean S. Baker of winning the award for Tangerine, the film that centers on two black, transgender prostitutes working the blocks around Santa Monica and Highland.

“The fact that it’s connecting with the audience means everything in the world to us, because we had no idea. I’m not joking, quite honestly, I thought it was going to be 50/50, a love-hate thing. And it turned out to be more of a love thing, which is nice.” When did they know the iPhone-shot film was going to take off with viewers? “Sundance–that first screening, that’s when we knew.”