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David Byrne’s American Utopia

Presented by California Film Institute and Downtown San Rafael Arts District at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA

Sep 15 2021
David Byrne’s American Utopia

One Night Only! See David Byrne’s concert masterpiece on film!

Playing in-person at the Smith Rafael Film Center

“A flat-out masterpiece!” – Rolling Stone

“Simply spectacular… A master class in musicianship. An Exhilarating hymn to community and connection… A cathartic celebration.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Should be required viewing for everyone… Magical!  Directed with a masterstroke by Spike Lee… A concert film for the ages” – Uproxx

Directed by Oscar®-winner Spike Lee, David Byrne’s American Utopia is a groundbreaking cinematic event 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 (Talking Heads) together with 11 musical artists from around the world to perform songs from across Byrne’s career.

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 a special introduction by David Byrne and an exclusive conversation between Byrne and director Spike Lee.


$15 – General
$13 – Senior • Youth • Matinée
$10 – CFI Members

Contact: 415-454-1222


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Additional time info:

7:00 pm



Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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