updated 11:38 pm EDT, Thu August 14, 2014
Mini-movie serves as a springboard to wider exposure, celebrates landmark film
Beats Music has issued a 22-minute documentary on the making of the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The film follows filmmaker Lee, actor Danny Aiello and designer Wynn Thomas as they tour locations in the small area of Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood where much the film is shot. The movie was originally released in 1989, and remains a powerful statement on race and co-existence, particularly in light of recent national and international tensions.
The documentary combines scenes from the film alongside the locations as they are today, with some of them little-changed over the past quarter-century. Several previous cast members reminisce over the film, including crew and neighborhood residents, and a block party is held to celebrate the film, featuring Public Enemy and a number of other celebrities paying tribute. The former group's song, "Fight the Power," was prominently featured across the original movie, both as audio queues to the action happening on film as well as played in full as a mood-setter for the film in its opening credits.
Variety reports that the documentary features appearances from Rosie Perez, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Wesley Snipes and comedian Dave Chappelle among others. The project is labelled as a "Beats experience," and hints that the company may grow more ambitious under Apple, venturing into other areas beyond what the company is best known for, headphones and accessories. The documentary is available now on YouTube.