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Spike Lee          

Academy Award-Winning Writer, Producer, Actor & Director; Best Known for "BlacKkKlansman" & "Malcolm X"

Spike Lee is a notable writer, director, producer, actor, and author who revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film. Widely regarded as a premiere African American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the "do-it-yourself" school of filmmaking.

Tapping into hard-hitting recent history, Lee produced When the Levees Broke, the groundbreaking first documentary that followed the plight of Americans stranded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and its Peabody Award-winning sequel, If God's Willing and da Creek Don't Rise, which revisits the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast region as residents attempt to rebuild their cities while also demanding assistance and accountability from their political leaders. Going further back in time, he also produced the Emmy- and Oscar-nominated documentary 4 Little Girls, a grisly account of the terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Lee's other films include Miracle at St. Anna, which follows four members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division in the US army trapped behind enemy lines in Tuscany during World War II; Kobe -- Doin' Work, a one-day, 18-camera documentary shoot focusing on NBA standout Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers; Girl 6; Get on the Bus; Do the Right Thing, Clockers, BlacKkKlansman and Da 5 Bloods, among many more. His feature film Red Hook Summer premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012.

Spike Lee's movies are a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge our cultural assumptions not only about race but also class and gender identity. He has not only solidified his own standing as one of contemporary cinema's most influential figures but also revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades of stereotypes and marginalized portrayals to establish a new arena for African American voices to be heard.

His 2018 film BlacKkKlansman premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews. The film went on to receive six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The film's win in the Best Adapted Screenplay category earned Spike his first Academy Award.

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Spike Lee Opens Up On Directing Amazon's First Film 'Chiraq' And The Need For Drastic Change In Gun Laws In America

Stuart Ford’s IM Global is flying Spike Lee in to Toronto for a few hours today to give international buyers a sneak peak at some footage of his eagerly anticipated Chi-Raq. The first feature to be fully financed by Amazon Studios, Chi-Raq once more finds Lee — one of the greatest chroniclers of America for over 30 years — front and center in the heart of the debate on gun laws and race relations in America.

Spike Lee endorses 'Bernie from Brooklyn' in new campaign ad

Film director Spike Lee threw his support to Bernie Sanders' Democratic presidential campaign in a radio ad released Tuesday morning.

Spike Lee Throws Impromptu Street Party to Remember Prince ...

Hundreds of fans gathered outside Spike Lee's Brooklyn home after he threw a last-minute party to celebrate the life of Prince.

Spike Lee will direct a She's Gotta Have It series for Netflix - The Verge

It's been just over 30 years since Spike Lee released his first feature film, She's Gotta Have It, in 1986, and it's on its way to a revival. Netflix has just ordered a ...

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