The Sweet East | USA | 2023 | DCP | 104 min.
On a class trip to Washington, D.C., senior Lillian (Ryder) runs away, getting into and out of trouble up and down the East coast. Along the way, she takes up with a variety of patriotic misfits played by a game cast that includes Red Rocket’s Simon Rex, Ayo Edebiri, and Jacob Elordi. Having shot features for the Safdies, Alex Ross Perry, and numerous others, cinematographer Sean Price Williams has long been a key player in contemporary independent cinema. His much-anticipated directorial debut is a button-pushing, freewheeling picaresque through America’s activist underbelly. “Fun and hot, smart and dumb, a total blast” (The Film Stage). (MK)