City Dudes is a screening series at the famed Roxy Cinema in New York, curated by the director-cinematographer Sean Price Williams and the critic Nick Pinkerton, the duo of The Sweet East (2023) which is showing at Film Fest Gent.
Their always singular and subversive film choice is not revealed until inside the movie theater. At the invitation of Art Cinema OFFoff, they present for the first time a City Dudes screening outside of New York City!
Sean Price Williams is the D.O.P. of the Safdie brothers (Good Time) and of clips for A$AP Rocky, Boygenius and Nas. Nick Pinkerton has been mentoring the Young Critics Workshop at Film Fest Gent for ten years and has written for Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Artforum, Frieze, Reverse Shot and the Village Voice.
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- Going into a movie blind is a bit risky, innit? Why would I opt to do that?
Because Sean and Nick are big-brain movies geniuses, and because every show is gonna be sick, and because you’ll be stricken with crippling FOMO if you don’t.
Can you at least be bothered to give me some inkling of what I’ll see?
Movies from all o’er the globe, spanning from the dawn of cinema to its far-flung future. The only criterion is that the fellas are going to bring out that private stock stuff every single time. Films that haven’t been played to death around town, proffering an alternative history of cinema, a celebration of the breadth and depth of film history, a pulsating motion picture party full of taut bodies heaving and sweating, backs arched in primal ecstasy. There’ll be an earnest attempt to haul out film prints whenever possible, but if we gotta go with a janky file now and again, whelp, them’s the breaks.
Sean and Nick about City Dudes