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Actor, director, producer and writer Spike Lee was born #SheltonJacksonLee
, 1957, in #AtlantaGeorgia
, and soon moved to Fort Greene.
Growing up in a relatively well-off African-American family, Lee was making amateur films by age 20.
“I didn’t dream about being a director,” said Lee. “I didn’t know, I wanted to do something with film until the summer between my sophomore and junior years at Morehouse College in Atlanta.” His first student film,#LastHustleinBrooklyn
, was completed when he was an undergraduate at #MorehouseCollege
. Lee went on to graduate from the #NewYorkUniversityFilmSchool
in 1982. His thesis film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, won a Student Academy Award.
Lee became a director of promise with his first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It, in 1986. The film was shot in two weeks and cost $175,000 to make, but grossed more than $7 million at the box office, making it one of the most profitable films created in 1986 and allowing him to found his own production company, #40AcresandaMuleFilmworks
in Fort Greene.
No stranger to controversy for certain provocative elements in both his films and public statements, Lee often takes a critical look at race relations, political issues and urban crime and violence. His 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, examined all of the above and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Subsequent films, including Malcolm X, Mo’ Better Blues, Summer of Sam and She Hates Me, continued to explore social and political issues. 4 Little Girls, a documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1998.
“I don’t think my films are going to get rid of racism or prejudice,” said Lee in an interview. “I think the best thing my films can do is provoke discussion. I don’t think racism can be eliminated in my lifetime … or my children’s or grandchildren’s. But I think it’s something we have to strive for. I’m going to keep working toward that day coming.”
In 2006, Lee directed and produced a four-hour documentary for television, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in