red hook summer poster First Theatrical Trailer For Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’

iTunes Movie Trailer has premiered this first trailer for Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer.’ The film focuses on a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta, Flik (Jules Brown), who heads to Brooklyn to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (‘The Wire’ star 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 the youth into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, the young man’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets a Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith) who shows him a different side the neighborhood. ‘Red Hook Summer’ stars Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, James Ransone, De’Adre Aziza, Colman Domingo, Kimberly Hébert-Gregory, Heather Alicia Simms, and Toni Marie Lysaith. The film is set for release August 10th.

Red Hook Summer is the latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME). When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’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 Enoch’s operatic sermons, things turn anything but dull as people’s conflicting agendas collide.

Playfully ironic, heightened, yet grounded, Spike Lee’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 ’hood.