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Provocative independent Starlet set for release in April

11/02/2014

Starring up and coming model and actress Dree Hemingway the daughter of Mariel Hemingway and the great grand daughter of Ernest Hemingway, Starlet explores the rituals of friends and housemates Jane and Melissa, who exist modestly on the fringes of sprawling greater Los Angeles.Each is trying to make ends meet as struggling adult film stars.

When Jane begins purchasing used furniture at yard sales to spruce up the living room she comes across a bundle of cash. Despite her intentions to return it to the original owner she ends up befriending a widower, who at first confuses Jane's overtures as a scam. The two soon bond just as Jane's friendship with Melissa is set to collapse.

Directed by Sean S. Baker, who has been previously nominated for Spirit Awards for his features Prince of Broadway and Take Out, Starlet has received positive notices from Movieline, Playlist and maintains a rare 88% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Indiewire describes Starlet "a provocative showcase for newcomer Dree Hemingway" while Variety calls it "beautifully understated."

It also features graphic sex similar to recent controversial movies Shortbus, Q and Romance. Unlike some more notorious films of the idiom, Starlet allows the film to build around the personalities of the characters before shaping our judgment of them. Finely crafted, Baker's film explores the maladroit moments that define a life on the cusp of celebrity and just as likely to be confined to the outer margins of obscurity.

Siren Visual will release Starlet on DVD April 16. Blu-ray and theatrical screenings are also in the works.

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