Spike Lee

ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINATED DIRECTOR; PRODUCER; WRITER; SOCIAL CHANGE ADVOCATE
Spike Lee, is a writer, director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of Black talent in cinema. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the 'do it yourself' school of independent film. An avid sports enthusiast, Lee recently completed a one day, 18-camera documentary shoot focusing on NBA standout Kobe Bryant. Produced for ESPN, the unique piece is entitled "Kobe-Doin Work." Another current project Passing Strange—the critically acclaimed Broadway musical—follows the travels of a young African-American musician in search of himself which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

This film comes on the heels of When the Levees Broke, a groundbreaking documentary focusing on the plight of Americans stranded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Other 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 class and gender identity as well.

His debut film, the independently produced comedy She's Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film festival in 1986 and set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American Cinema. Lee's timely 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His epic drama Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington, received two Academy Award nominations.

In 1997, Lee founded the boutique ad agency SpikeDDB, alongside advertising giants DDB. Their mission is to create thought-provoking and culturally significant ads that keep clients ahead of the cultural shifts in America. Clients of DDB include Pepsi, Jaguar, State Farm, HBO, TNT, Mountain Dew, Johnson & Johnson and more.

Spike continues to be at the forefront of American cinema, and his latest films include a re-make of the Korean film Oldboy and the Kickstarter-funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

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