Lee, Spike

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Birth 1957-03-20

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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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