SPIKE LEE

2021 American Cinematheque

Award Honoree

 

THE 34TH AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD HONOREE

 

SPIKE LEE’s iconic body of storytelling has made an indelible mark on filmmaking and television. The visionary filmmaker’s most recent highly-regarded feature film Da 5 Bloods, was released on Netflix on June 12, 2020. He also recently directed David Byrne’s American Utopia. Lee’s critically acclaimed hit film BlacKkKlansman, which he co-wrote and directed, won the Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2018. Lee is a five-time Oscar nominee (Do The Right Thing for Original Screenplay, 4 Little Girls for Documentary Feature, BlacKkKlansman for Picture, Director and Best Adapted Screenplay-Winner) and was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2015 for his lifetime achievement and contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences.

His distinguished film career spans over 30 years and includes: She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Clockers, Girl 6, Get on the Bus, He Got Game, Summer of Sam, Bamboozled, 25th Hour, She Hate Me, Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Red Hook Summer, Old Boy, and Chi-Raq. Lee’s outstanding feature documentary work includes the double Emmy® Award-winning If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, a follow up to his HBO documentary film When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and the Peabody Award-winning A Huey P Newton Story. In the Television area, he launched his Netflix original series “She’s Gotta Have It”, which ran two seasons on the platform. The series is a contemporary update of his classic film.

He is a graduate of Morehouse College and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he is a tenured Professor of Film and Artistic Director. Lee’s Production Company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks is based in Da Republic of Brooklyn, NY.

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