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Image to Bow New Spike Lee Movie: ‘Red Hook Summer’

6 Jun, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Image Entertainment has partnered with Spike Lee to distribute the acclaimed director’s new coming-of-age movie, Red Hook Summer, across all platforms, including theatrical.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers all North American theatrical, VOD, digital, Blu-ray Disc, DVD and broadcast rights, and will be released under Image’s One Village label.

With a slated theatrical release of Aug. 10 through Variance Films, Image anticipates a fourth-quarter home entertainment release.

The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn — which includes She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers and He Got GameRed Hook Summer tells the story of a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as the grandfather relentlessly attempts to convert the boy into a follower of Jesus Christ.

Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, the boy’s summer appears to be a total disaster — until he meets a pretty girl his age, who shows him the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through the love of his newfound friend and his grandfather, the boy begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.

Red Hook Summer will be our tent pole film of 2012, and we know audiences will love the film as much as we do,” said Brett Dismuke, SVP of acquisitions at Image.

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