Sundance 2012: Inside Spike Lee's shocking, ranting 'Red Hook Summer' premiere

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8:37 — First positive reaction hits. Noah Cowan, programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, tweets via @NoahLightBox: “Red Hook Summer: Now THAT’s a complex text. 2 acts of sweet homily + 1 of anticlerical terrorism. And a Bruce Hornsby score!”

8:38 — The first question, somewhat muffled, is about Lee’s feelings about religion. “Alllllll the church stuff came from [co-screenwriter and author] Mr. James McBride,” Lee says. “The only time I went to church was when my parents sent me down South to spend the summers with my grandparents… Next question.”

8:40 — Peters takes a question about the influence of television on kids, and whether it corrupts them. Someone asks a question of singer Judith Hill, who provided several songs in the movie. She says they are not yet available as an album.

8:41 — Salon film critic Andrew O’Hehir raves via @andohehir: “Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER is a passionate, painful love letter to Brooklyn, NYC, black America & the black church. Very special movie.”

8:45 — Lee tells the audience, “You are the very first audience that has seen this film. Do me a favor. If you go out and talk about it, please tell ‘em this is not a motherf—ing sequel to Do the Right Thing, or Mookie’s Return. This film is what I call another installment in my own chronicles of Brooklyn.”

8:50 — Steve Pond of tweets: “Spike Lee says that we’re supposed to tell you that Red Hook Summer is not a motherf—ing sequel to Do The Right Thing.” Dozens of others in the audience tweet the same.

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