Spike Lee Directs Upcoming "David Byrne's American Utopia" Concert Film for HBO
When considering their goldmine of riches, concert films are such an underrated genre. With so many classics to mine, whether Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz" for The Band, Michael Wadleigh's "Woodstock," Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace," and even D. A. Pennebaker's "Don't Look Back" footage of Bob Dylan's UK tour in 1965, there is so much art to discover. David Byrne is obviously a master of applying visual arts to his music, as immortalized in the Talking Heads’ incredible 1983 concert film, "Stop Making Sense," directed by Jonathan Demme, a benchmark for the influential group.
When Byrne announced and performed his Broadway show, "American Utopia," last year, the event lived up to expectations, with "11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount." It was the talk of the town. And now, helmed by the creative camerawork of director Spike Lee, HBO will release the concert film for home viewing, rightfully documenting a visual, musical masterpiece. With Broadway closed for the moment, we can't wait to see this from the comfort of our couch.