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HtN Celebrates Sean Baker’s Palme d’Or Win!

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The big, stunning news over the weekend was that truly independent filmmaker Sean Baker won the freeking Palme d’Or at Cannes! Amazing. It’s always a great feeling when a good person, solid, indie voiced filmmaker and someone Hammer to Nail has supported since go hits big. His film Anora snared him the prize via a jury headed by Greta Gerwig, another indie film stalwart turned big time.

The award got me thinking about Sean’s prolific output and I looked him up on this here site. The results were many so, please take a look at some reviews and interviews from pretty much every film Sean has made to date. All of us here at Hammer to Nail are so stoked for you and can’t wait to see Anora.

  • Michael Tully’s 2009 interview with Sean Baker in regards to his films Take Out and Prince of Broadway (reviews by Tully and Michael Lerman)
  • Michael Tully’s 2012 interview with Sean Baker and Dree Hemingway in regards to his film Starlet
  • Matt Delman’s review of Baker’s Red Rocket out of the 2021 NYFF
  • Matthew Klickstein’s deep dive into Baker’s 2015 film Tangerine
  • Chris Reed’s 2017 review of Baker’s The Florida Project


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Don R. Lewis is a filmmaker and writer from Northern California. He was a film critic for Film Threat before becoming Editor-in-Chief of Hammer to Nail in 2014. He holds a BA in screenwriting from California State Northridge and is an MA candidate in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State.

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