About the film
David Byrne’s American Utopia brings the Talking Heads frontman’s critically acclaimed Broadway show to cinemas in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its late 2019 to early 2020 run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 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.
The special includes performances of songs from Byrne’s 2018 solo album of the same name, in addition to popular Talking Heads favourites such as “Once in a Lifetime” and “Burning Down the House.” The musical numbers accompanied with brief monologues allow Byrne to address various sociopolitical topics from police brutality, immigration, climate change, to the critical upcoming election.
"One of the Best Movies of it's Kind." Indiewire
"A flat-out masterpiece." Rolling Stone
"Simply spectacular." The Hollywood Reporter
"Thrilling...playful and entrancing." Variety
"Should be required viewing for everyone." Uproxx
"Breathtaking." Roger Ebert
"Electrifying." AV Club
"Beautiful." Slash Film
'Rich & vibrant." The Wrap
"Euphoric." Consequence of Sound
Warning: This film contains strobe lighting.