JUDY WOODRUFF: And now a new independent film opening this weekend spotlights a community not often seen in cinema, and is racking up the accolades.
Jeffrey Brown has the story.
WILLEM DAFOE: OK, I warned you, one drip and you’re out.
BROOKLYN PRINCE, Actress, “Moonee”: Oh, come on!
WILLEM DAFOE: Out now.
ACTOR: It’s going to melt outside.
WILLEM DAFOE: It’s melting inside too.
JEFFREY BROWN: “The Florida Project” follows a rebellious little girl named Moonee and her friends over one mischief-making summer outside Orlando.
BROOKLYN PRINCE: These are the rooms we’re not supposed to go in, but let’s go anyways.
JEFFREY BROWN: But this is not the Orlando of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Instead, Moonee and her young single mother live in a run-down motel called The Magic Castle.
WILLEM DAFOE: It’s only the second week of summer, and there’s already been a dead fish in the pool.
BRIA VINAITE, Actress: I have failed as a mother, Moonee. You have disgraced me.
BROOKLYNN PRINCE: Yes, mom, you’re disgraced.
SEAN BAKER, Director/ Co-Writer, “The Florida Project”: I would say it’s like “The Little Rascals” 2017 in many ways.
JEFFREY BROWN: Independent filmmaker Sean Baker co-wrote and directed “The Florida Project”.
SEAN BAKER: But my whole career has been inspired and influenced by “The Little Rascals.” I think it’s because they used to play in syndication on local New York television, so I would come home from school and see these episodes, two or three after school every day. And they just stuck with me.
ACTRESS: Alfalfa, did you brush your teeth?
ACTOR: Yes, both of them.
JEFFREY BROWN: “The Little Rascals” was a series of shorts that first debuted in 1922 as part of the silent film era. In the ’50s, they were repackaged for television, following a band of children, Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat and others, always seeking out a new thrill and finding lots of trouble along the way.
SEAN BAKER: They were set against…