SPIKE LEE

ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINATED FILMMAKER; Academy Honorary Award RECIPIENT; 2X PEABODY AWARD WINNER;FOUNDER OF 40 ACRES AND A MULE FILMWORKS; SOCIAL ACTIVIST


BIOGRAPHY

Spike Lee is a Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, Author and Educator who has helped revolutionize Modern Black Cinema; Lee is a forerunner in the ‘Do It Yourself’ School of Independent Film. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.

He made his directorial debut with She's Gotta Have It (1986), and has since directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), and most recently Chi-Raq (2015). Lee has acted in ten of his own films.

Lee's movies have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has received two Academy Award nominations, a Student Academy Award and an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and won numerous other awards, including an Emmy Award and the 2013 Gish Prize.

Lee received two Peabody Awards for the documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, which revisits the recently storm-ravaged Gulf Coast region as residents attempt to rebuild in their cities while also demanding assistance and accountability from their political leaders. Critical and Box Office successes have included such Films as Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam. Lee’s films Girl 6, Get on the Bus, Do the Right Thing and Clockers display his ability to showcase a series of outspoken and provocative Socio-Political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, not only about Race, but also Class and Gender Identity.

Lee began teaching a course about Filmmaking and Black Film at Harvard in 1991. Since 2002, Lee has been Artistic Director of the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and has been a Professor at for the past 15 years. He has lectured at dozens of colleges and universities around the country. 


LECTURE TOPICS

An Evening with Spike Lee

In this exciting evening with one of the world's most renowned filmmakers, Spike Lee discusses the past, present and future of his work. From the financial challenges of filmmaking to the racial inequality of Hollywood, and everything in between, Spike covers it all. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of their own following the presentation.