5 things about Spike Lee The filmmaker was born Shelton Jackson Lee in Atlanta, GA He's earned degrees from Morehouse College and New York University In 1986, he debuted his first film, "She's Gotta Have It," which was adapted into a Netflix series in 2017 His other films include "Do The Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" The Oscar nominee currently teaches film at New York University

Watch teens attempt to undo police shooting in Spike Lee’s time-travel film

The trailer for Spike Lee’s upcoming Netflix film, “See You Tomorrow,” is here. 

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The flick follows Brooklyn teenager C.J. Walker as she attempts to travel back in time to prevent her brother from being fatally shot by a police officer. It stars Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow and Astro. Stefon Bristol, a Morehouse graduate, directed the film. Lee, also a Morehouse alum, is the producer. 

In the two-minute-long trailer, C.J. Walker and her buddy Sebastian Thomas are developing a time-travel machine when her brother, Calvin Walker, is suddenly killed by a cop. The two friends then try to use their new device to keep him alive, but they only have a limited number of times to jump back in time. 

“Escapism is great, but too much of escapism only leaves our people stagnant. There’s no more growth,” Bristol recently told Entertainment Weekly. What I hope to do is figure out how to take a strong message and somehow make it digestible for everybody, not just for a black audience but everybody. This is still a conflict that’s happening. Right now, understandably so, the lens of police brutality is going down a little bit in the media because we have so many other problems that we have to deal with. I still have something to say about it. It’s still here.”

The sci-fi drama will be released on May 17 after it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 3. 

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