Alex Cherenfant

tutor, filmmaker

Born in Brooklyn, Cherry spent much of xyr childhood in Haiti, living in Port-au-Prince until moving to Boston in 2003. Xe came to New York in 2013 after graduating from Harvard, and has been on a mission to find the city’s best portable dessert ever since. The current winner is the Butterscotch Blondie from Citarella—if you have another lead, please send it over!

…a text I love to teach

Where the Bird Sings Best by Alejandro Jodorowksky. Delirious, mystical, and fervent—just like its author—Where the Bird Sings Best is a whirlwind of family myths, psychospiritual philosophy, and worshipful musings on the nature of art. It sweeps its readers—whether book-lovers or not-yet-book-lovers—into its breakneck rhetorical gusts.

…a favorite place I’ve visited


…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Grace Jones, James Baldwin, Egon Schiele, David Lynch, Whitney Houston, Lars von Trier, Queen Latifah, the movie theater attendant I’ve had a crush on for the past two years

…something I can’t stop thinking about

How to use film as a direct portal from one subconscious to another.