Spike Lee's Secret View of Red Hook

By Brooklyn Eagle Staff

Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer," a tale of coming-of-age in Brooklyn, is coming to New York this summer.

Lee's view of life in the Red Hook projects, self-financed and shot in just 19 days, is set to open on Aug. 10.

When it debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the film was touted as a return by Lee to a guerrilla style of film-making. It was met with lukewarm reviews, however, and reportedly the official release will include significant changes.

It will be the first independent distribution effort by Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, which has partnered with Variance Films for the release.

"We look forward to getting this film into the marketplace, where we believe 100 percent that there is a starving audience for American independent films," Lee said.

The film relates the story of a sullen preteen private-school boy from middle-class Atlanta, who spends a summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the Red Hook projects.

The film is the latest in Lee's "Chronicles of Brooklyn" series, which includes "She's Gotta Have It" (1986), "Do The Right Thing" (1989), "Crooklyn" (1994), "Clockers" (1995) and "He Got Game" (1997).

"Variance's sole mission is to ensure filmmakers retain their rights and their power, and I can't think of a filmmaker that would make better use of both than Spike Lee," said Variance Films founder Dylan Marchetti.

May 2, 2012 - 12:18pm


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