The Florida Project

Wednesday, January 23
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1hr 55mins // directed by:Sean Baker // featuring:Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite // 35mm

Co-presented by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, featuring a post-film panel discussion on homelessness and housing issues in our community. 

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.

Panelists: 

Jamila Bradley, Independent Consultant, Youth Advisory Board Facilitator and coauthor of the Massachusetts State Plan to End Youth Homelessness

Marty Martinez, Chief of Health and Human Services, City of Boston 

Kamini Mason,  Former FamilyAid participant

Wide Lens is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.