“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]