Tangerine director Sean Baker premiered his latest project, Snowbird, a short film he made for the French fashion brand Kenzo.
Snowbird stars Australian model and actress Abbey Lee Kershaw (recently seen in Mad Max: Fury Road) as Theo, an etheral blonde beauty living in the squatter community of Slab City, in the California desert. The film also features some of the site's real-life campers, all wearing Kenzo's spring-summer 2016 collection.
Clocking in at 11 minutes, Snowbird uses the same filming method as Tangerine, which was shot in one day using three iPhones and non-professional actors. "The iPhone is the closest thing you can get to a hidden camera," Baker toldi-D. "People don't associate the iPhone with a camera, so it lowers inhibitions, loosens people up, and takes away intimidation, which is so important when you're working with mostly non-professionals as we were for this film. I'd tell them, 'okay, let's go,' and they'd say, 'wait, where are all the cameras?'"
Commissioned by Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Snowbird kicks of when Theo (Lee) decides to distribute slices of her home-baked birthday cake to the colorful neighbors of Slab City.