Spike Lee premieres new joint at Sundance
Fed up with the creative limitations and bureaucracy of Hollywood, Spike Lee, like George Lucas of all people, has financed his latest Brooklyn-centered joint, Red Hook Summer, entirely on his own. He's premiering it at the Sundance Film Festival that begins today, and while he has not yet secured theatrical distribution for the film, he's keen for a national release this summer.
It's fitting that Lee has decided to go all the way with this truly independent release, given the film's theme of urban gentrification and its resulting racial and class tensions. He'll actually reprise the character Mookie from Do the Right Thing, although he's adamant that the film should not be looked at as a sequel, but rather as part of a larger Brooklyn narrative, or, as he put it, "...dealing with what I'm looking at right now in this time and space that we occupy."
We'll be following the film's run at Sundance, which will be critical in determining its success.