Spike Lee is officially back in Brooklyn — and, not surprisingly, it's damn hot.
The "Inside Man" director is getting personal again with his latest "joint," "Red Hook Summer," a film that's already been inspiring the kind of controversy and debate that recalls the heated (and extremely divided) response to Lee's early works such as "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X."
"Red Hook Summers" tells the tale of Flick Royale (a Lee-esque character name if there ever was one — remember 'Bleek Gilliam' from "Mo' Better Blues?"), a young boy from Atlanta who spends the summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, a preacher determined to convince his grandson to find God. And that's just the beginning of a story that goes in several surprising directions as Lee once again works with an ambitiously sprawling narrative canvas.
The first look at "Red Hook Summer," courtesy of the film's official site, is a 30-second collection of scenes from the film mixed with behind-the-scenes footage. It's short and sweet and showcases the work of a filmmaker who looks to be getting his old creative juices back.
Check out Mr. Lee's neighborhood below, with thanks to The Film Stage for the find. "Red Hook Summer" will hit theaters in New York on Aug. 10 and will expand its release throughout the month.