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Shelton Jackson Lee (b. 20th March 1957) Spike Lee is an American film director, producer and writer. His hometown is Brooklyn, New York. He started his own production company under the name '40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks'. Spike Lee is renowned for his controversial topics in films, some of which highlight race relations, poverty and political issues.
Early life: Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, Jacqueline Carroll, taught the arts and black literature while his father, William James Edward Lee III, was a jazz musician. He got his nickname 'Spike' from his mother and he attended John Dewey High School. Lee then attended Morehouse College and made his first film 'Last Hustle In Brooklyn' before leaving with a BA in Mass Communication. During that time he also took film courses at Clark Atlanta University, and later did graduate work at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he landed himself a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television.
Career: Spike Lee completed his first thesis film 'Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads' in 1983 and showcased it at Lincoln Center's New Directors New Films Festival. In 1985, Lee made his first feature film 'She's Gotta Have It'. The budget was $175,000 and was released in 1986; the film grossed $7,000,000 at the U.S Box Office and it was shot in only two weeks.
1989 saw the release of controversial film 'Do The Right Thing' which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. The following year, 'Mo' Better Blues' was released. Lee released '4 Little Girls' in 1997; a documentary that explored the killings of the children from a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The film was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Academy Awards.
Commercials: In 1990, Levi's jeans took Lee on to produce the TV commercials for the 501 button fly selection. Nike offered Lee a deal to direct for the company, and worked on the 'Air Jordans' line. His success in commercials then spanned to the likes of Converse, Taco Bell, Ben & Jerry's and Jaguar.
Personal Life: Lee is married to Tonya Lewis who is an attorney. They have two children; their daughter Satchel (b. Dec.1994) and their son Jackson (b. 1997). Lee is an avid New York Yankees fan, as well as a New York Knicks and English Football Team, Arsenal. Lee has his own office, and lives with his wife Tonya in Upper-East Manhattan, New York.
The direction was receiving an honorary Oscar at last night’s ceremony.
Director Spike Lee has once again criticised Hollywood for its lack of diversity. The director made the comments during a 15-minute speech at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' seventh annual Governors Awards on Saturday night, where he received an honorary Oscar.
Spike Lee has once again criticised Hollywood.
"Everybody in here probably voted for Obama but when I go to offices, I see no black folks except for the brother man at the security who checks my name off the list as I go into the studio," Lee said.
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This time it's up to the wives to stop the killings.
The trailer for Spike Lee's emotionally charged new drama 'Chi-Raq' is here, and while it's based on an ancient war comedy, he takes a far more serious look at the war raging on the streets of Chicago in regards to gang violence and the city's ever growing death toll.
Teyonah Parris brings the girl power in 'Chi-Raq'
The premise of the movie, as mentioned in the new trailer, is that homicides in Chicago have easily exceeded those of American Special Forces in Iraq (hence the title). It's a shocking statement that turns a would-be comedy into something far graver. It's based on the 411 BCE Greek play 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes, which is set during the Peloponnesian War. The main idea is that the title character, a woman of independence and remarkable strength for that time, rallies together a group of women in a bid to end the war her own way; by persuading these ladies to sign an oath eschewing all sexual activity with their husbands until they agree to put down their weapons.
On his latest project, director Spike Lee creates an current day version of Aristophanes' ancient Greek play Lysistrata.
Samuel L. Jackson's character narrates us through the story 'Welcome to Chi-raq, land Of Pain, misery and strife' and tells the viewers how this particular story came to life. After the accidental death of a child by a gun shot, the ladies of a neighbourhood in Chicago (which garnered the epithet Chi-raq for its similarities to Iraq) decided to take matters into their own hands.
One woman, Lysistrata, has an idea, a battle cry of her own, but one to unite the women of Chicago in a bid to stop their men from 'bangin' and slingin', flightin' for the flag and risking that long zipper on a cadaver bag.'
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The director's new joint 'Chi-Raq', set against a backdrop of inner city violence, will be the first original movie content for the media giant.
Amazon Studios has announced plans for its first movie release, teaming up with award-winning director Spike Lee for his forthcoming joint Chi-Raq.
The media giant confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that Lee’s next major movie will be the first original movie content for the studio, which is looking to expand from streaming into the territory that Netflix has started to occupy. The e-commerce giant announced at the start of 2015 that it was planning to make 12 movies a year.
Amazon unveiled the news on its so-called ‘Amazon Prime Day’, Wednesday July 15th, also the 20th anniversary of the compay. “Chi-Raq will shed light on the serious, but often overlooked issue of violence in inner city Chicago,” a statement by the studio said.
Spike Lee's latest joint is causing controversy.
A campaign to pressure movie director Spike Lee to change the name of his upcoming movie Chiraq has stepped up after a rookie alderman refused to grant a city permit to close a street for a summer block party.
Spike Lee is facing pressure to change the title of his upcoming movie Chiraq
Newly elected Ald. David Moore (17th) is refusing to grant permission for a bash outside St. Sabina's Catholic Church in Auburn-Gresham on Saturday because it is sponsored by Lee and the cast of Chiraq - a film about black-on-black violence.
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The uncompromising director has sparked outrage among some of Chicago's residence for using the city's nickname 'Chiraq', and are worried that the project may end up glamorising violence.
Famed director Spike Lee was accused of insulting the residents of the city of Chicago by titling his new project ‘Chiraq’, a movie which will look at education and violence. He has also been criticised for doing damage to the city’s reputation and hurting tourism by choosing the term.
The moniker ‘Chiraq’ is a nickname sometimes used for the city by its young inhabitants, referring to its reputation for street violence and gun crime. But a number of anti-gun crime campaigners and tourist officials have pulled up Lee, a director famed for his uncompromising depictions of struggles in society, for perpetuating an unhelpful stereotype by choosing the title.
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The 'Happy' singer is to perform at a special one-off concert filmed by Spike Lee.
Pharrell Williams is to team up with director Spike Lee for the streaming version of his upcoming concert at the Apollo Theater on the 3rd June. The concert will be part of American Express Unstaged, a collaboration between YouTube and Vevo, the 14th instalment of a series in which performers and directors team up for a unique staged performance.
Pharrell Williams Is Teaming Up With Spike Lee For A Very Special Concert Experience.
"Pharrell and I have been friends for years," Mr. Lee said in an interview, "and we've talked about working together, and now it's coming to fruition and I'm happy about that - we both are." Of the very special New York venue, Lee added "I think it was a great choice [...] It's one of the great places for music in the world, when you think of all the people who've come across the stage."
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Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' could in for a comedy series on Showtime.
She's Gotta Have It, easily one of Spike Lee's best movies, is to be resurrected and adapted for the small screen after Showtime commissioned a pilot. Lee is on board as the show's director and writer, with the plan to overall the movie's plot, cast and characters for a contemporary audience.
Spike Lee Is On-Board For 'She's Gotta Have It'
Set in Brooklyn, the movie explores the story of a sexually liberated black female (Tracy Camilla Johns) and the three suitors who hope to win her over. As with many of Lee's movies, it contains themes concerning race, gender, gentrification and sexuality. It took Lee just 12 days to shoot, on a budget of $175,000.
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Lee won't be sipping a chai lattes around Brooklyn anytime soon.
Spike Lee ruffled a few feathers when he let loose on the contemporary residents of Brooklyn and their dogs during his speech at the Pratt Institute. His tirade was never going to be unleashed without rebuttals, and Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, has offered up just that.
Spike Lee has a go at hipsters...
Just in case you needed a reminder of what Lee’s views on the hipsters that currently dwell amidst the Brooklyn hubris are; when an audiences member suggested an ostensibly positive aspect of gentrification, Lee replied: “Let me, let me, let me, let me just kill you right now.” Lee was talking at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, an art, design, and architecture school. "I grew up here in New York. It's changed," he said. The transcript is here on The Guardian.
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Spike Lee's views on Brooklyn have faced opposition.
Spike Lee wants you to listen to his views on Brooklyn, which he claims has been gentrified and taken over by hipsters and dog walkers. During his speech at the Pratt Institute, the millionaire film director laid into an audience member for ruining his rundown neighbourhood.
Spike Lee Doesn't Much Care for Brooklyn, Anymore
When the audience member suggested that there are positives to gentrification, Lee yelled, "Let me just kill you right now.Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning? It's like the m-----f-----g Westminster dog show."
Continue reading: Spike Lee Explodes At Brooklyn Hipsters, And Their Dogs
Date of birth
20th March, 1957
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