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The Sweet East (2023)

Opens on February 9

Director: Sean Price Williams Run Time: 104 min. Release Year: 2023

Starring: Ayo Edebiri, Earl Cave, Jeremy O. Harris, Simon Rex, Talia Ryder

Country: United States
Language: English

Writer Nick Pinkerton will be in attendance to introduce his new film, The Sweet East (2024), on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm. Q&A to follow the screening.

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Lillian, a high school senior from South Carolina, gets her first glimpse of the wider world on a class trip to Washington, D.C. Separated from her schoolmates, she embarks on a fractured road trip in search of America. Along the way, she falls in with a variety of strange factions, each living out their own alternative realities in our present day.

“A riotous Alice in Wondermerica”

—Rafa Sales Ross, The Playlist

The directorial debut of celebrated cinematographer Sean Price Williams, The Sweet East (2023) is a picaresque journey through the cities, woods, and people of the Eastern seaboard of the United States.

About the filmmaker:

Sean Price Williams is a celebrated New York-based cinematographer known for his striking use of color and image texture. Penned by a good friend—Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based writer and critic Nick Pinkerton—Williams’ directorial debut, The Sweet East (2023) premiered at the 2023 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight before screening at the New York Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and other international festivals around the world.

“the cinematographer for many of the best and most significant independent films of the past decade, fiction and documentary”

—Richard Brody, New Yorker film critic

A prolific cinematographer, Williams has collaborated on over 100 short and feature films with numerous directors, such as Josh and Benny Safdie (2014’s Heaven Knows What, 2017’s Good Time), Ronald Bronstein (2007’s Frownland), Michael Almereyda (2020’s Tesla), Alex Ross Perry (2018’s Her Smell, 2015’s Queen of Earth, 2014’s Listen Up Philip, 2011’s The Color Wheel), Robert Greene (2011’s Fake It So Real), and Abel Ferrara (2021’s Zeros and Ones), among many others. Williams got his first camera at age 15 and shot his first feature in 1999. He was a long-time employee of famed New York video and music store Kim’s Video and Music. He also worked for pioneering documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles as an archivist and cameraman for half a decade.

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