|Director Andrew Dosunmu|
I cannot express strongly enough how much I loved this film. The story is very character-driven, bouncing back and forth between characters, but mostly sticking with the young singer. Its great strength, however, is in the look. Dosunmu, in a Q-and-A after the screening, said that he shot with a RED digital camera and it's breathtakingly beautiful to look at. New York rarely looked better. The colors make the skin tones of the cast look rich and vibrant.
More than that, though, Dosunmu, a photographer, understands composition, light and shadow like a seasoned pro. One could take a freeze frame of almost any shot in the film and analyze the composition, the framing, and the use of light. This might be the artiest film in exhibition here at the Urbanworld Film Festival. Dosunmu plays with speeds as well, and there are quite a few lovingly-rendered slow-motion shots of things like the singer riding his moped through the streets of lower Manhattan and Harlem.
|Dosunmu (third from left) w/cast and crew after screening|
Unfortunately, I don't see a trailer for City anywhere, not even on the website, but I'm gonna keep watch, and when I see one, I'll post it on the WSW Facebook page. I believe Dosunmu said that this would also be available on VOD at some point soon. I'll also post that on the Facebook page as soon as I find out. Bottom line: seek this movie out however you can, because it is a work of art.
Previously from the Urbanworld Film Festival:
All Things Fall Apart