Reel Images | Red Hook Summer

20 06 2012

Two-time Black Reel Award winning director Spike Lee has released the art for his upcoming drama, Red Hook Summer.

If the style looks familiar, then mission accomplished since it was created by Art Sims and 11:24 Creative, who have designed most of Spike’s iconic posters, including Do The Right Thing, School Daze, Mo Better Blues, Clockers, Girl 6, He Got Game, Crooklyn, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Summer of Sam, Get on the Bus, When the Levees Broke, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, Passing Strange and many more.

Lee returns to his beloved stomping grounds, Brooklyn, with his latest which tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (The Wire’s Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook.

Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith), a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.

The film received mixed reaction when screened at Sundance earlier this year leaving Lee to revert back to his indie film roots to get the film to the big-screen.

Red Hook Summer opens in theaters August 10.

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