It’s going to be busy summer. Finally some good reasons to go to the theater. Red Hook Summer is on the short list of films that I will be checking out.
Spike always assembles a great cast. “Controversy”…of course, it’s Spike Lee. Great music….yes, it’s Spike Lee. And there’s always Spike Lee. Gotta love it.
‘Red Hook Summer’ Trailer: Spike Lee Gets Down Brooklyn Style, Again
By C Molly Smith
“Red Hook Summer” made a splash at Sundance, and with good reason.
The latest installment from director Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn seems like an innocent, coming-of-age tale at first: A young Atlanta boy, Flik Royale (Jules Brown), goes to stay with his overtly religious, preacher grandfather Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters) in the Red Book projects of Brooklyn for summer vacation. Flik considers the summer to be a waste until he befriends Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith) who opens him up to new experiences.
But the film caused a commotion with a scene involving a sexual act and Bible scripture. And if that hubbub — along with Lee’s return to the role of Mookie from his claim-to-fame film, “Do the Right Thing” — doesn’t hook you, then we don’t know what will.
So check out the trailer below to get a taste of Lee’s artsy, new work, and see the controversy first hand when the film hits theaters in NY on Aug. 10 and expands to Atlanta, D.C, L.A., Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia on Aug. 24. The soundtrack will be released on July 31st.
Spike’s Q&A session after the premiere of the film at Sundance.
"“We never went to the studios with this film, I told you!” he shouted. “We said, ‘Were gonna do this motherfucking film ourselves and show it at Sundance…. This whole thing was planned out.” Of the studios, he added, “They know nothing about black people. And they gonna give me notes about what a young black boy and girl gonna do in Red Hook? Fuck no! We had to do it ourselves!”"