Spike Lee biography

BlacKkKlansman Director

Spike Lee

Date of Birth: March 20, 1957

Born in Atlanta, this talented yet controversial filmmaker was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He returned to his birthplace to study communications at Atlanta's Morehouse College where he first developed an interest in cinema. After graduation, he enrolled in New York University's film school, where his masters thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads won the Student Award of the Motion Picture Academy.

Lee's films are characterized by their exploration of the nature of racism and the social struggles of African Americans. Unable to obtain funding for his early movies, he is critical of Hollywood's attitude towards black filmmakers—creating a cycle of lost opportunity for the major studios and Oscar shut-outs for Lee, though he did receive nominations for Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and 4 Little Girls. In 2016, he received an Honorary Award from the Academy Awards.

His most recent film, BlacKkKlansman (2018), has gotten some of the best reviews of the director's career. The dark comedy won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

That Lee is one of the most influential filmmakers of his time is not only a credit to craft, but to his determination as well. "There are some people who think my number one interest in doing films," says Lee, "is dealing with race issues in this country. That's very important to me, but I don't think I make any one type of film."

Lee has two children with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.

Spike Lee Filmography

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  • 3 A.M. (2001)
  • 4 Little Girls (1997)
  • Get on the Bus (1996)
  • Girl 6 (1996)
  • Clockers (1995)
  • New Jersey Drive (1995)
  • Tales from the Hood (1995)
  • Backbeat (1994)
  • Crooklyn (1994)
  • D.R.O.P. Squad (1994)
  • Hoop Dreams (1994)
  • Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993)
  • The Last Party (1993)
  • Malcolm X (1992)
  • Fishbone: The Reality of My Surroundings (1991)
  • Jungle Fever (1991)
  • Lonely in America (1991)
  • Mo' Better Blues (1990)
  • Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • School Daze (1988)
  • She's Gotta Have It (1986)
  • Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)

BlacKkKlansman

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  135 min.
In theatres: August 10, 2018
VOD/Digital: October 23, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: November 6, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.49
based on 226 votes and 73 reviews
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Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace