Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

We are very excited to announce our biggest project of the year, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, opening in theaters this Friday, December 4. Big Film Design is proud to have created the title sequences and over 150 visual effects shots, with BFD’s Randy Balsmeyer as on-set VFX Supervisor.


Set in Chicago, Chi-Raq is a film about the gang violence on the city’s south side. The film takes its name from local rappers who compare the tough streets of their city to an embattled Iraq. Spike made the film to bring attention to the gun violence that kills 88 Americans every day.

Chi-Raq was directed by Spike Lee and written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. The film is based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, a classical Greek comedy in which women withhold physical affection from their husbands as punishment for fighting in war. The film stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Steve Harris, Harry Lennix, D.B. Sweeney, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.

One of Spike Lee’s best films, Chi-Raq is outrageous, infuriating, provocative, thoughtful, musical, and very moving.

See the trailer and learn more at chiraqthemovie.com

Read Chicago Magazine’s interview with Spike

And read the LA Times interview with Spike Lee

Follow @chiraqthemovie on Twitter.


Chi-Raq is the first original film to be distributed by Amazon Studios. In addition, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate are partnering with the company for a limited release in theaters, with the film premiering on Amazon Instant Video shortly after. We hope you will take this opportunity to see Chi-Raq on the big screen!