Spike Lee Reveals Short Film As Tribute To New York City During Pandemic

New York City has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak ever since making its way to the U.S. We’ve all watched the daily briefings, with Andrew Cuomo delivering the staggering death toll and infection rates. And as the numbers have finally begun to slip, so has there been just the tiniest ray of light in all of this tragedy. So goes New York City, so goes the country.

Anybody who knows Spike Lee’s films knows that New York means everything to him. It goes beyond just his love of the New York Knicks. The Brooklyn-based director has New York in his soul and he puts it into every movie he makes. The same goes for his latest, a short film titled New York New York, which he just dropped on social media.

The 3 1/2 minute movie comes with the caption, “My Short Film-NEW YORK NEW YORK Is A Love Letter To It’s People. Plain And Simple.” Short and sweet, it’s a movie showing the impact of the pandemic on New York City, its places that are usually bustling with people, full of life. Now, they’re empty, or more accurately, those people are in other places just trying to survive.

You can watch New York New York below. Good work, Spike.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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