RED ROCKET World Cinema


Talent attending in-person screening: Sean Baker (Director), Suzanna Son (Actor), and Simon Rex (Actor).

After 20 years working in LA’s porn industry, Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) walks back into his oil refinery hometown of Texas City for a fresh start. With $22 in his pocket, Mikey begs, and eventually, convinces his ex-wife and ex-mother-in-law to let him move back in. After he starts dealing weed from the local supplier to help them pay the rent, he takes the ladies out for a treat to the Donut Hole. When he meets almost-18-year-old Strawberry at the cash register, his eyes open wide as he sees an opportunity for redemption.

Rex gives a hypnotic performance of a charismatic narcissist in Sean Baker’s latest film following marginalized characters. Darkly funny, bold and provocative, RED ROCKET is a challenging portrait of exploitation in modern America. –Sarah Harris

Sean Baker is a writer, director, producer and editor who has made seven independent feature films over the course of the past two decades. His most recent film was the award-winning THE FLORIDA PROJECT (2017) which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released by A24.


Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Sean Baker

Screenwriters: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Producers: Sean Baker, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks, Alex Coco, Shih-Ching Tsou

Executive Producer: Jackie Shenoo

Director of Photography: Drew Daniels

Editor: Sean Baker

Production Designer: Stephonik

Cast/Featuring: Simon Rex, Suzanna Son, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss, Ethan Darbone, Brittney Rodriguez, Judy Hill

Running Time (minutes): 128

Language: English