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Spike Lee is an award-winning producer, writer, director, and actor with over three decades of experience in the film industry. Mr. Lee’s highly acclaimed work often takes a critical look at race relations, political issues, and urban crime and violence. His debut feature She’s Gotta Have It was a huge critical success; his next film, Do the Right Thing, examined all of the above concerns and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
His subsequent films, including Malcolm X, Mo’ Better Blues, Summer of Sam, and She Hate Me continued to encourage social and political dialogues. 4 Little Girls, about the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.
In 2006, Mr. Lee directed and produced a four-hour documentary for television, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That same year, he found boxoffice success with the crime caper Inside Man, starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen. His most recent narrative feature, Miracle at St. Anna, told the story of four African-American soldiers trapped in an Italian village during World War II, bringing the often overlooked experiences of black infantrymen – known as buffalo soldiers – to the big screen.
His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, is located in his childhood neighborhood of Fort Greene in Brooklyn, NYC.