Bruce Hornsby is the composer of the upcoming indie drama Red Hook Summer. The film is written and directed by Spike Lee and stars Clarke Peters (The Wire), Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Nate Parker, James Ransone and Thomas Jefferson Byrd. The movie centers on a boy from Atlanta who lands at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met. Lee is co-producing the film with James McBride who has written the script for Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna. The director has previously worked with composer Terence Blanchard on most of the his features in the last two decades, including such films such as Malcolm X and Inside Man. Hornsby is a multiple Grammy Award winner and best known for his song The Way It Is with Bruce Hornsby and the Range (which also included film composer David Mansfield) in the 1980s. In recent years, he has beem touring with the bluegrass act Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and the jazz project The Bruce Hornsby Trio. Hornsby’s songs have been featured in a number of movies, including Lee’s Clockers (for which he received a Grammy nomination) and Bamboozled. Red Hook Summer marks the first film scoring assignment of the singer/songwriter and pianist. The movie is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where the film is expected to look for distribution. (Sundance via The Playlist)

To find out more about Hornsby’s previous work, visit his official website.