The premiere for Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” was this past Monday night, after the director and cast engaged in interviews throughout the day to promote the film. Here’s a summation of the event according to his publicist, The 135th Street Agency, headed by Shante Bacon.
“Last night in New York, Spike Lee premiered the latest film in his ‘Chronicles of Brooklyn’ series, ‘Red Hook Summer.’ Hundreds came out to support the iconic writer/director including Mike Tyson, Gayle King, Laila Ali, Debra Lee, Stephen Hill, Mona Scott-Young, Romany Malco, Jamie Hector, Toure, Nelson George, Ilyasah Shabazz and many more. The cast – Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Heather Alicia Simms, James Ransone and more — was all smiles throughout the evening, which ended at a festive after-party at Frank’s Lounge in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. ”Red Hook Summer” tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. The film opens August 10th in New York City and wider on August 24th. Visit www.redhooksummer.com for more information.”
Photos from the evening by Melinda Bell and Christian Fernandez: