Spike Lee

Spike Lee

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

New York, USA

Cinematic Innovator | Director | Producer | Writer & Storytelling Expert

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DO THE RIGHT THING - Spike Lee and Ruth E. Carter find color in the dark | MUBI Podcast
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Spike Lee - Two Bored Apes NFT Podcast Ep. 42
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The Big Spike Lee Sit-down, Plus NBA Trade Value 2.0 | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 479)

SPIKE LEE BIOGRAPHY

Shelton Jackson Spike Lee stands as a towering figure in American cinema, renowned for his multifaceted contributions as a Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, and Author. His impact on both independent filmmaking and the representation of African-American talent in the industry is profound, marking him as a pioneer in the ‘do it yourself’ ethos of filmmaking.

Spike Lee journey into cinematic prominence began with his breakthrough debut film, “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), which not only won the Prix de Jeunesse Award at Cannes but also positioned him as a leading figure in the Black New Wave of American Cinema. Subsequent films such as “School Daze,” “Do the Right Thing,” and “Malcolm X,” the latter starring Denzel Washington, further solidified his reputation for bold storytelling and incisive social commentary.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lee’s academic journey took him to Morehouse College and later to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in film production. It was in Brooklyn where Lee established his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, a nod to the promise of reparations to freed slaves, anchoring his artistic endeavors in his hometown.

Lee’s creative portfolio extends beyond traditional filmmaking. He made a significant impact in the commercial realm with groundbreaking campaigns for Nike, including the iconic Air Jordan series featuring Michael Jordan. His prowess in advertising led to the establishment of Spike/DDB, a pioneering full-service advertising agency that merged his creative vision with strategic marketing.

In addition to his cinematic and commercial achievements, Lee’s commitment to documentary filmmaking has earned critical acclaim. His HBO documentary “4 Little Girls,” which garnered Emmy and Oscar nominations, and his Emmy-winning piece on Georgetown’s John Thompson underscore his versatility and dedication to exploring diverse narratives beyond traditional film formats.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Spike Lee remains a cultural icon whose influence transcends the screen. His unwavering dedication to advancing black representation in media and his fearless exploration of complex social issues continue to resonate globally. Lee’s impact is not only felt through his films but also through his advocacy for justice and equality, making him a voice of resilience and empowerment for generations of filmmakers and audiences alike.

In his personal life, Spike Lee’s roots in Brooklyn and his deep connection to his community shine through, reflecting his ongoing commitment to using his platform to inspire and provoke meaningful dialogue. His passion for sports, reflected in his collaborations with basketball legends and sports documentaries, further enriches his multifaceted identity.

Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee’s enduring legacy is one of artistic innovation, social consciousness, and unwavering advocacy, solidifying his place as a trailblazer in American cinema and beyond. His journey from Brooklyn to international acclaim is not only a testament to his creative genius but also a testament to his profound impact on the cultural landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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SPIKE
SPIKE
A career-spanning monograph, SPIKE is a visual celebration of acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee's life and work to date. Spike Lee is a world-renowned, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, a cultural icon, and one of the most prominent voices on race and racism for more than three decades.
Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It
Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It
The extraordinary life story—filled with fresh, firsthand accounts—of one of America's most provocative filmmakers. This new biography tells the cinematic story of the preeminent director whose pioneering films-—from Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever to Malcolm X helped transform the face of...

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‘You Just Got the World According to Spike Lee’

The Washington Post Magazine

Spike Lee, 64, is an award-winning filmmaker, cultural icon, social critic and die-hard New York Knicks fan whose career includes directing, producing, writing and acting in feature and documentary films, most recently the HBO documentary “NYC Epicenters: 9/11➔2021½.”
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Spike Lee on His “Dream Project”

THE NEW YORK

The iconic filmmaker tells David Remnick how he got his start, how to direct Denzel Washington, and when he wants to retire.
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Spike Lee American director

Britannic

Spike Lee (born March 20, 1957, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) is an American filmmaker known for his uncompromising provocative approach to controversial subject matter.
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Spike Lee: On The Creative Process

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The Academy Award winning director and screenwriter Spike Lee grew up surrounded by jazz music in the house, around-the-clock trips to art museums and the theater, and amidst a family of creatives, artists, and academics. Thanks to his grandmother’s financial support, Lee completed his bachelor’s studies at Morehouse College, continuing his family’s legacy of attending America’s historic black colleges.
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Sight and Sound

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Spike Lee on Do The Right Thing, Michael Jordan and Prince | The Sight and Sound interview
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CUNY TV

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Spike Lee: His Work, Life and Legacy | Black America
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Letterman

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Spike Lee Is Tired Of Being Called Controversial | Letterman
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