Spike Lee on Self-Financing 'Red Hook Summer'

The writer and director on his decision to sidestep Hollywood studios and personally finance and distribute his latest movie, Red Hook Summer
Illustration by Jimmy Turrell

I met the great writer James McBride for breakfast one morning at a coffee shop in New York. We were bemoaning the fact that there’s a low point right now in African-American cinema. We decided to do a movie about a young suburban black kid from Atlanta who’s sent to the Red Hook projects in Brooklyn to spend a summer with a grandfather he’s never met.

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