The iPhone is one heck of a powerful device. With the help of a few apps and accessories, your smartphone can transform into a pro-movie camera, so it was only a matter of time before one of these films became a hit. Director Sean Baker and c0-screenwriter Chris Bergoch are the masterminds behind a new film called Tangerine that is garnering some serious attention — including some Oscar buzz. The director announced at the Sundance Film Festival that the entire movie was created with the iPhone 5S — three iPhone 5S handsets specifically, the FiLMiC Pro app ($10 on iOS), Moondog anamorphic adapters ($160) and Steadicam Smoothee mounts ($119).
The film stars newcomers and trans actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor as Sin-dee and Alexandra, the main character and her friend respectively. According to their IMDB synopsis, Tangerine is about “a working girl [who] tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.” Judging from the trailer, the movie seems to be a wild ride — funny at times but heart-breaking at others. While we can’t provide a full review as we haven’t seen the film, we do know the film and its director have already won four awards, including the Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival and the Stanley Kubrick Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was also an official selection of the renowned Sundance Film Festival.
The film had a limited release in the US in July and is still in theaters now. Go check it out!
Watch the full trailer below to get a taste of what the iPhone 5S can do (Warning: the film and trailer are MPAA rated R).
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(h/t BGR, photo via Jemal Countess/Getty)