Red Hook Summer
Director: Spike Lee
Screenwriters: Spike Lee, James McBride
When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather heâ€™s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, heâ€™s bored and friendless, and his strict grandfather, Enoch, a firebrand preacher, is bent on getting him to accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Only Chazz, the feisty girl from church, provides a diversion from the drudgery. As hot summer simmers and Sunday mornings brim with Enochâ€™s operatic sermons, things turn anything but dull as peopleâ€™s conflicting agendas collide.
Playfully ironic, heightened, yet grounded, Spike Leeâ€™s bold new movie returns him to his roots, where lovable, larger-than-life characters form the tinderbox of a tight-knit community. A story about the coexistence of altruism and corruption, Red Hook Summer toys with expectations, seducing us with the promise of moral and spiritual transcendence. Spike is back in the â€™hood.
- U.S. Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 135 min.