U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee is shooting interviews and other footage for his upcoming documentary "Go, Brazil, Go!" during carnival in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador, where millions of people have gathered for the festivities, local media reported Saturday.

Lee has been working since last year on the project, which is being produced by Sao Paulo-based ParanoidBr and will focus on the country's emergence as a political and economic powerhouse.

In April, the director traveled to Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff; her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; and other prominent figures.

Soccer star Neymar, singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso, singer Marisa Monte, rapper Criolo and songwriter and composer Tom Ze also were among those interviewed by Lee in the first stage of the project.

According to the local press, the director of "Malcolm X," "Do the Right Thing" and numerous other fiction films and documentaries, spoke with Salvador Mayor Antonio Carlos Magalhaes Neto and pop singer Ivete Sangalo on Friday.

The filmmaker also is planning four other interview sessions this year in Brazil.

"Go, Brazil Go!" is scheduled to premiere at the 2014 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, shortly before Brazil hosts the soccer World Cup. EFE