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Spike Lee

Revolutionary Filmmaker

Spike Lee

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly―and with authority―about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as a backdrop a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work.

Spike first established his unique perspective in 1986 with the independently financed She’s Gotta Have It. Since then, his critical and box office successes have included such films as Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever and Inside Man.

In addition to his achievements in feature films, Spike has produced and directed numerous music videos for such diverse artists as Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker, Public Enemy, Bruce Hornsby and Michael Jackson, and commercials for brands such as the Nike Air Jordan campaign, Levi’s Button-Fly 501, AT&T, and ESPN. He has also authored six books on the making of his films.

Through his production company 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Spike continues to create and direct both independent films and projects for major studios, as well as working on story development, creating an internship program for aspiring filmmakers, releasing music, and community outreach and support.

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