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A sneak peek at Spike Lee's 'Passing Strange'

August 18, 2009 | 11:30 am

Spike Lee's "Passing Strange" -- his pseudo-documentary of the Tony-winning Broadway musical -- won't air on PBS until 2010, but you can get a quick preview of the movie thanks to the trailer that recently surfaced on YouTube.

The film debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and had its local premiere last week at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

"Passing Strange" will be available on the Sundance Channel's new video-on-demand service starting Aug. 26. In New York, the movie will open at the IFC Center in the West Village on Aug. 21.

Lee filmed the final two Broadway performances of the show, and also shot footage without an audience. Created by L.A. musician Stew of the band The Negro Problem, the show follows the adventures of a middle-class African American youth as he leaves his family to pursue a bohemian life in Amsterdam and Berlin. The show features songs written by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

Stew won a Tony Award for book of a musical, and the show was nominated for six other Tonys.

-- David Ng

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