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In theaters Aug. 31, filmmaker Spike Lee returns to his roots with “Red Hook Summer” the sixth film in his Chronicles of Brooklyn series. The film tells the story of Flik, played by child actor Jules Brown, who travels from the suburbs of Atlanta to spend the summer with his preacher grandfather in the rough Red Hook, Brooklyn neighborhood.

Lee says he chose that neighborhood because it’s where co-writer James McBride grew up. He brings back characters Mookie from “Do the Right Thing” and Nola Darling from “She’s Gotta Have It.” Above, Lee (center) is shown on set with Brown (left) and co-star Toni Lysaith. Both children attend Lee’s old junior high school and are students of drama teacher Edward Robinson who Lee believes is a “phenomenal” instructor. He says, once the script was done, he knew he would find the two kids in Robinson’s class.

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