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'The Florida Project' sheds light on the 'hidden homeless' living in Disney World's backyard




TK, Brookylnn Prince and Valeria Cotto star in the Sean Baker film
TK, Brookylnn Prince and Valeria Cotto star in the Sean Baker film "The Florida Project."
TK, Brookylnn Prince and Valeria Cotto star in the Sean Baker film
Scene from Sean Baker's film "The Florida Project."
Marc Schmidt
TK, Brookylnn Prince and Valeria Cotto star in the Sean Baker film
Valeria Cotto (L) and Brooklynn Prince star in the film "The Florida Project."
Marc Schmidt


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Sean Baker’s latest film, "The Florida Project," takes place in a budget motel called The Magic Castle, not far from Disney World, in Kissimmee, Florida.

The story centers mainly on six-year-old Moonee, her mother Halley, and the other families who call the motel their home. Willem Dafoe plays the kind, fatherly manager of the motel, who has to run a business, occasionally evict tenants and also try to keep the families who live there safe.

Baker's previous film was the critically acclaimed “Tangerine,” which was released in 2015.

When I spoke with Sean Baker, I wanted to know what he learned through meeting people who are actually living like his characters in budget motels.

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