with Sean Baker
Join us for an in-person screening of the Cannes-selected Red Rocket at MFAH on Thursday, November 11 at 9:00pm. This program will be followed by a Q&A with director Sean Baker. Masks are required in the theatre at all times.
Adding to his gallery of jet-fueled portraits of economic hardship within marginalized pockets of the U.S., director Sean Baker (The Florida Project) trains his restless camera on an unforgettable protagonist. Mikey, a wildly narcissistic former porn star fallen on hard times, has returned from L.A. to his depressed, postindustrial hometown of Texas City, reconnecting with his skeptical, drug-dependent estranged wife and mother-in-law, and using his wily charms to ingratiate himself into a community of people he couldn’t care less about. As played by a brilliantly cast Simon Rex (a star MTV VJ in the ’90s), Mikey is a charismatic force of nature—and destruction—who exploits the innocence and goodwill of everyone around him. Pointedly set against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election, Red Rocket is an aptly steamed-up depiction of contemporary America as a playground for hustlers and con men.
|Country, Year||United States, 2021|
|Writer||Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch|
|Cast||Simon Rex, Bree Elrod|
|Producer||Sean Baker, Alex Coco, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks, Shih-Ching Tsou|
|Runtime||127 MINS, SECS|
Sean Baker is a writer, director, producer and editor who has made seven independent feature films over the course of the past 2 decades. His most recent film was the award-winning The Florida Project (2017) which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released by A24 in the U.S. Among the many accolades the film received - including an Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe for best Supporting Actor - Sean was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle. His previous film Tangerine (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won an Independent Spirit and two Gotham Awards. Starlet (2012) was the winner of the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award and his previous two features, Take Out (2004) and Prince of Broadway (2008), were both nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award.