Just outta Sundance, Spike Lee promised in February that his latest effort, "Red Hook Summer" would be arriving in August. And true to his word, it will be.
"Red Hook Summer" has now lined up a distributor with upstart company Variance Films, and the plan is to drop the film in theaters on August 10th in a platform release that will see it roll out to more cities in the weeks that follow. The movie stars newcomer Jules Brown as Flick, a middle class Atlanta teenager sent to stay with his grandfather Enoch ("The Wire" star Clarke Peters), a bishop in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. A culture and generation clash occurs between the two characters, but Jules falls into a relationship with Chazz (Toni Lysaith) who shows him a different side the neighborhood.
"Red Hook Summer" caused a lot of buzz when it premiered in Park City, and our own Todd Gilchrist found it to be a return to form, saying in his review that "Lee’s clarity of vision hasn’t been this sharp or unique since before 'Crooklyn,' and it’s thrilling with 'Red Hook Summer' to witness a return to the technique – and most of all, emotional wallop – that even today continues to give his films an enduring life as both entertainment and enlightenment." Damn.
With a distributor now in place, the marketing campaign can start picking up. A new website for "Red Hook Summer" has been unveiled along with a teaser trailer with what sounds like a song by Karyn White, who has contributed ten songs to the film that also features a score by Brunce Hornsby. [Deadline]