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David Byrne’s American Utopia

"American Utopia arrives 36 years after Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense, which documented three shows the Talking Heads played at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in 1983 and just might be the greatest concert movie ever made. Until, that is, American Utopia. Rank them 1A and 1B."
— Los Angeles Times

Directed by Oscar-winner Spike Lee, David Byrne’s American Utopia is a fantastic concert film that inspires audiences to connect with each other and with the global community. This filmed version of the electrifying Broadway musical sensation brings Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning musician David Byrne together with 11 musical artists from around the world to perform songs from across Byrne’s career, including Talking Heads’ classics like “Burning Down the House” and “Once in a Lifetime.” Hailed by critics as “pure bliss,” the performance is a joyful celebration of music and dance, a call to action to engage in our democracy and an invitation to reimagine our own utopias.

Featuring: David Byrne

Director: Spike Lee

Runtime: 120 minutes

Genre: All Ages, Documentary, Doug’s Pick, Festival Favorite, Music, POC

Year: 2020