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Spike Lee to Direct Filmed Version of David Byrne's 'American Utopia'


Spike Lee is set to direct a filmed version of David Byrne's American Utopia concert, currently running on Broadway at the Hudson Theater. Participant Media will co-finance the film, adding it to its list of titles that are meant to engage positive social change, and Lee and Byrne's production companies will produce alongside RadicalMedia. The film is set for release this year.

American Utopia opened in October and is set to run through February 16th. In the performance, Byrne and a large group of musicians and dancers perform songs off of the album American Utopia, as well as several Talking Heads songs, with some of the running themes of the evening being civic engagement and democracy (including registering audience members to vote in the lobby). It's been a hot ticket on Broadway, selling out even through the slower month of January, after running as an international tour for over nine months.

Byrne has been the subject of a concert film before; Jonathan Demme's 1984 film Stop Making Sense featured The Talking Heads and received rave reviews.

Lee is currently in post-production on Da 5 Bloods, and has been named jury president of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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Tags: black celebrities, film director, live performance, music / musician (alternative and indie)
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