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Snowbird Published on 02/02/2016

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11min | Drama, Romance | 03 February 2016

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Snowbird traces the journey of a young woman through a debris-scattered desert community, sharing her homemade cake with the residents along her route.

Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker
Stars: Abbey Lee, Clarence William III | See full cast and crew »

Snowbird - The Movie


Cast overview:

Abbey Lee ... Theo
Clarence William III ... Bob
Mary Woronov ... Today Theo
Cameron Gentry ... Yesterday Bob
Janet Belt ... Sister 1
Pam Moloe ... Sister 2
Jean Bly ... Herself
Jack Two Horse ... Himself
Margaret Benson ... Herself
Maryann Benson ... Herself
Aiden ... Himself
Doc ... Himself

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Directed ans written by

Sean Baker

KENZO's Creative Directors

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon

Produced by

KENZO ... Executive Producer
Frameworks ... Executive Producer
3DMC ... Producer

Music and production design by

Stephonik Youth

Cinematography by

Alexis Zabe ... Director of Photography

Film Editing by

Sean Baker ... Editor
Randy Bowen ... Assistant Editor

Casting by

Sean Baker

Art direction by

Mari Yui

Hair and makeup by

Fara Homidi ... Makeup artist
Holli Smith ... Hairstylist
Nathan Nyugen ... Hairstylist Assistant

Production Management

Will Byrne ... Production Coordinator
Will Byrne ... Associate Producer
Samantha Quan ... Associate Producer
Julie Cummings ... Associate Producer
Hannah Peterson ... Production Assistant
Sarah Khawand ... Production Assistant
Scott Sheeran ... Production Assistant
Colton Mehrhof ... Production Assistant
Kristen Wair ... Production Assistant
Tas Pelikan ... Production Assistant
Ally Dent ... Production Assistant
Alex Coco ... Production Assistant
Different by Design ... Online Facility
Matt Radecki ... Post-production Supervisor
Film Emporium ... Production Insurance

Sound Department

Chris Quilty ... Location Sound Recordist
Jeremy Grody ... Re-recording Mixer
Sound Logic Post ... Post Production Sound
Julie Cummings ... Associate Producer
Jeremy Grody ... Supervising Sound Editor

Visual & Digital Effects by

Andrew Kungl ... Drone Operator
Randy Bowen ... DIT
Augusta Quirk ... Photographer
Steve Newquist ... Special Effects
Aaron Moorhead ... Digital Effects
Richard Sanchez ... Post Consultant
Luke Cahill ... Colorist

Camera and Electrical Department

Julie Cummings ... 1st Assistant director
David Olaoniye ... Assistant Camera
Nghia Khuu ... Gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Heidi Bivens ... Wardrobe Stylist
Angela Varela ... Stylist Assistant
Karina Malkhasyan ... Seamstress

Backstage photos


Snowbird traces the journey of a young woman through a debris-scattered desert community, sharing her homemade cake with the residents along her route.

Plot Keywords: California | Camper | Desert | Caravan | Trailer | Age | Birthday | Love

Genre: Drama | Romance


Country: USA | France

Language: English

Release Date: 03 February 2016

Filming Locations: Slab City, California, USA

User Reviews


18 January 2016 | by Carol&Humberto (United States)

When Sean mentioned Slab City, we were like, “Wait! That image has been on our board from the beginning of this collection.” I think that's why we both felt like this was the right thing and us working together would be the perfect project. We always have a story that we tell as we're building the collection and Sean took the story to the next level.

Did you know?

Coming off of his critically acclaimed feature Tangerine, a dramatic slapstick slice of life of two Los Angeles trans women, Baker filmed Snowbird in a similar method – it was shot entirely on iPhone.

Snowbird, the title of the movie, is a term used to describe the people who migrate from the higher latitudes and colder climates of the northern USA and Canada to warmer locales in the winter.

The movie was shot in Slab City, a snowbird campsite in the Sonoran Desert 156 miles northeast of San Diego, used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. The site is both decommissioned and uncontrolled, and there is no charge for parking. The camp has no electricity, no running water, no sewers nor toilets, and no trash pickup service.

In the movie, a character shows Theo an old bomb he found in the surrounding desert, reminding her that the Slabs campsite sits on an abandoned World War II military base.