Lee, Spike

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Screenwriter, actor, director and producer of motion pictures and music videos.

Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1957, where he attended Morehouse College, 1979. He continued his education at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production. Spike Lee has established himself as one of Hollywood's most important and influential filmmakers in the past decade. In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy, "She's gotta have it" earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film festival and set him at the forefront of the Black Wave in American Cinema.

In addition to his achievements in feature films, Lee produced and directed numerous music videos for such diverse artists as Miles Davis, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker and Bruce Hornsby. Additionally, Spike has authored six books on the making of his films. He is the founder and director of Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Brooklyn, established in 1986. Spike Lee's awards include: Student Director's Award from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1982, for "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barber Shop: we cut heads"; Prix de Jeunesse from Cannes Film Festival and New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics, both 1986, for "She's gotta have It."

From the description of Spike Lee screenplays, 1980-1990. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122456351

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creatorOf Lee, Spike. Jungle fever : [screenplay] / by Spike Lee. University of Michigan
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Bamboozled (Motion picture) [clippings]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ira Berkow, papers, undated, 1960-2011 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn William Wolf film & theater interview collection sound recordings The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Richard Hoffman collection of American and British theater and film scripts, 1958–2006 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Wallace, Michele. Michele Wallace papers, ca. 1940-2004. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lee, Spike. Spike Lee screenplays, 1980-1990. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Washington Square Park (New York, N.Y.), Washington Square Area, and Campus Buildings Image Collection, 1850-1990 New York University. Archives
referencedIn Bates Worldwide, Inc. Records, 1934-2003 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn RIT event ticket stubs, 1936-1991. RIT Library, Wallace Library
creatorOf Lee, Spike. Jungle fever / by Spike Lee. Eastern Illinois University, Booth Library
creatorOf Lee, Spike. She's gotta have it : [screenplay] / by Spike Lee. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Lee, Spike. School daze / by Spike Lee. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Lee, Spike. She's gotta have it : [screenplay] / by Spike Lee. Broken Bow Public Library
creatorOf Lee, Spike. He got game : an original screenplay / by Spike Lee. Broken Bow Public Library
referencedIn Bamboozled (Motion picture) [clippings] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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African Americans in the motion picture industry
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African American motion picture producers and directors
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African American actors
African Americans in television broadcasting
African Americans in motion pictures
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Birth 1957-03-20




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