In this special 58th New York Film Festival edition of the Film at Lincoln Center podcast, NYFF Director of Programming Dennis Lim is joined by director Spike Lee and musician David Byrne to discuss American Utopia, Lee’s concert film recording of Byrne’s acclaimed Broadway show. American Utopia is an exhilarating record of a seismic theater event as well as a momentous work of cinema in its own right. Both joyous and politically engaged, it’s a reckoning of these dark times through music and togetherness, with a galvanizing rendition of Janelle Monáe’s “Hell You Talmbout” that’s destined to be one of the year’s most talked-about screen moments. All documentaries at the 58th New York Film Festival are presented by HBO.
Get tickets for screenings of David Byrne’s American Utopia at the Brooklyn and Bronx drive-ins or nationwide virtual tickets here.