How Instagram Helped Discover ‘The Florida Project”s Bria Vinaite, One of the Year’s Breakout Movie Stars

Sean Baker didn’t want a star. The director and co-writer of 2015’s indie hit Tangerine was struggling to find the right actress for his follow-up, The Florida Project, about the hard-luck denizens living in an Orlando-outskirts motel. Thanks to Tangerine‘s critical success, Baker could easily have landed an established performer to play Halley, the impoverished …

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