To put it bluntly, Spike Lee isn't a guy who bottles up his feelings, regardless of occasion. Lee makes tough films about subjects other directors are loath to touch, loudly disputes referee calls courtside at Knicks games, and isn't about to let a bunch of Sundance executives stifle his, er… "creativity," something they learned the hard way at a screening of Lee's latest film.
Lee previewed the film, "Red Hook Summer," with no introduction, but all bets were off once the movie was over.
In an example of life imitating art, Lee launched a tirade reminiscent of his famous speech as Mookie, a fed-up delivery boy, in "Do the Right Thing." The Wrap reports that while addressing audience member Chris Rock's question regarding how the film would have been different had a large studio paid for it, Lee said, "We never went to the studios with this film, Chris," he said."I told you, we're gonna do this motherf**king film ourselves! The plan was to make the film, bring it to Sundance, and I didn’t want to hear no motherf**king notes from the studio telling me … about what a young 13-year-old boy and girl would do in Red Hook. F--k no."
Channeling his inner Kanye, Lee said of Hollywood execs, "They know nothing about black people. Nothing!"
So what should fans and critics take away from this situation? If there's anything to be learned, it's that Spike Lee's can still cut a b**ch down to size, and "Red Hook Summer" is "not a motherf**king sequel to 'Do the Right Thing.'"