Red Hook Summer
Red Hook Summer
Exclusive Columbus engagement!
(Spike Lee, 2012)
Wexner Center members receive free admission to select screenings at the Gateway Film Center, located in the South Campus Gateway. The films are selected (and often introduced) by Wex curators. Don’t forget to bring your Wex member ID card to show at the Gateway’s box office.
“Spike Lee’s most ambitious and interesting film in years.” –Los Angeles Times
“A return to Lee’s incendiary form that made his name in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.” –IndieWire
Red Hook Summer is the latest in Wexner Prize recipient Spike Lee's “Chronicles of Brooklyn” series (which also includes She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game). The film 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 (Clarke Peters of “The Wire” and "Treme”), in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, the two 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 innercity life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster—until he meets Chazz Morningstar (Toni Marie 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. (121 mins., DCP)