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“I ain't Martin Luther King.  I don't need a dream.  I have a plan.”
— filmmaker Spike Lee

     B I O

     h e r e

Shelton Jackson 'Spike' Lee

Spike Lee entry at Wikipedia
Spike Lee credits [since 1977] at Internet Movie Database
40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks [est. 1986] in Brooklyn, NY
browse Spike Lee {returns 200+ titles} on DVD at Amazon

won a shared Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking for "When The Levees Broke" [2006]  won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing in Nonfiction Programming for "When The Levees Broke" [2006]        Spike Lee received
an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
for "Do The Right Thing" [1989]
a shared Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature
for "4 Little Girls" [1997]
and two Emmy Awards for "When The Levees Broke" [2006]

He has also received
two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, 1986 & 1991
Independent Spirit Award, 1987
three awards at the Venice Film Festival, 1990 & 2006 (two)
twelve Black Reel Award nominations, 2000-2010
Special BAFTA Award, 2002
Image Awards Hall of Fame entry, 2003
Honorary César Award in France, 2003
Innovator Award at the American Black Film Festival, 2004
Ossie Davis Award at the Atlanta Film Festival, 2005
Black Movie Award for Best Director, 2006
Image Award for Outstanding Directing, 2007
Black Reel Award for Best Director, 2007

The  Movies  of  Spike Lee
Spike Lee Filmography entry at Wikipedia
Spike Lee credits [since 1977] at Internet Movie Database
browse Spike Lee {returns 200+ titles} on DVD at Amazon

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Five For Five Films of Spike Lee book  "Five For Five: The Films of Spike Lee" [1991]
Photographs by David Lee, Foreword by Melvin Van Peebles

covers Spike's "She's Gotta Have It" [1986], "School Daze" [1988], "Do The Right Thing" [1989], "Mo' Better Blues" [1990] & "Jungle Fever" [1991]
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 11¼x9 pb [8/91] out of print/used
First Glance Books 11x8½ hardcover [5/93] out of print/many used
Rhetoric of Symbolic Identity book by Gerald A. Powell, Jr.  "A Rhetoric of Symbolic Identity: An Analysis of Spike Lee's X and Bamboozled" [2004]
by Gerald A. Powell, Jr.

University Press of America 8½x5½ pb [9/2004] for $31.00
How to Analyze the Films of Spike Lee book by Mike Reynolds  "How To Analyze The Films of Spike Lee" [for YA; 2010]
by Mike Reynolds

Essential Library 9x6¼ library hardcover [9/2010] for $24.98

Spike Lee Collection DVD box set  "The Spike Lee Collection" DVD Box Set [2001]
Universal Studios widescreen color DVD [1/2001] 3 disks - out of prodn/used
contains three feature films: "Mo' Better Blues" [1990]; "Jungle Fever" [1991]; and "Crooklyn" [1994]; no apparent extras
Spike Lee Joint Collection DVD box set  "Spike Lee Joint Collection" DVD Box Set [2006]
Universal Studios widescreen color DVD [3/2006] 3 disks for $19.49
contains five feature films: "Do The Right Thing" [1989]; "Mo' Better Blues" [1990]; "Jungle Fever" [1991]; "Crooklyn" [1994]; and "Clockers" [1995]; no apparent extras
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"Last Hustle In Brooklyn" short [1979] /tt0209093/

"The Answer" short [1980] /tt0208687/
Spike Lee was so outraged that his N.Y.U. Film School professors taught "The Birth of A Nation" [1915] with no mention of the film's racist message or legacy
that he made a student short film that responded to "The Birth of A Nation" himself; "The Answer" so offended many of his professors that Lee was nearly expelled
from N.Y.U., but was ultimately saved by a faculty vote.

"Sarah" short [1981] /tt0209300/

"Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads" [1983] /tt0085758/

"Horn of Plenty" TV movie [1986] /tt2861356/

"She's Gotta Have It" [1986] /tt0091939/

"School Daze" [1988]

"Do  The  Right  Thing"
[40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks June 1989]
Do The Right Thing movie directed by Spike Lee  
Right Thing score  
Possibly inspired by Akira Kurosawa's "Do-desu-ka-den" [1970], this is the tale of a blighted neighborhood in Spike Lee's home turf of Brooklyn. There is actually a moment, ignored or missed by most reviewers, where 'the right thing' gets done – look for it. Written & directed by Spike Lee; starring Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, John Turturro, Rosie Perez & Samuel L. Jackson, with Spike Lee as 'Mookie'
Universal Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [6/2009] for $18.99
20th Anniversary Edition DVD [6/2009] for $13.99 
Universal letterbox color DVD [7/98] for $17.99
Universal widescreen color DVD [2/2001] 2 discs for $28.99
Universal color VHS [1/2000] out of prodn/many used
Sony original score CD [9/89] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb
Cambridge Univ Press critical text 9x6 pb for $25.19
Do the right thing [] by Ed Guerrero; British Film Institute.
Spike Lee's Do the right thing [] by Mark Reid /B002EN0C1S/
Do the right thing : a Spike Lee joint [] by Spike Lee; Lisa Jones [12/2010]

"Mo' Better Blues" [1990]

"Jungle Fever" [1991]

"Malcolm X" [1992]

"Crooklyn" [1994]

"Clockers" [1995] /tt0112688/

"Tales From The Hood" [1995]

"Get On The Bus" [1996]

"Four Little Girls" [1997]

"Summer of Sam" [1999]

"Bamboozled" [2000]

"The 25th Hour" [2002] /tt0307901/

"Jim Brown: All-American" [2002]

"Inside Man" [2006]

"When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts" [2006]
255 min documentray for TV;

"If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" [2010]

"Red Hook Summer" [2012?]
temporary photo of poster art for Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer  A spoiled middle-class teenager from Atlanta is sent to stay for the summer with his grandfather, who he never met before; the old man is a preacher in the gang-ridden Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. A gaudy, noisy scrapbook of a movie that meanders toward a tipping point at some 100 minutes into the story. Produced, co-written & directed by Spike Lee; co-written by James McBride; starring Jules Brown, Tony Lysaith, Clarke Peters & Nate Parker, with Spike Lee as Mookie
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

"Old Boy" U.S. remake [40A&M Filmworks/Variance Nov 2013?]
Announced 7/2011: Spike Lee will direct the remake of this hit South Korean film for Mandate Pictures;
Mark Protosevich wrote the screenplay and will co-produce. Film tells the story of a man who is kidnapped &
imprisoned for fifteen years; when he is suddenly released, he tries to find the reason for his imprisonment,
and soon discovers that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement;
added 7/2013: release bumped to mid-November • latest info at IMDb

Announced 7/2013: Spike Lee is using Kickstarter to raise $1.25M for his next, untitled film.

Stageplays,  Books,  Other  Media
browse books at Spike Lee Store at Amazon
"Giant Steps" kids book by Spike Lee & wife

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"Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" one-man show [2012]
Spike Lee directed the former boxer's solo performance at the Longacre Theatre in NYC from July 31st to August 12th, 2012.
Announced 6/2013: Spike Lee will film Tyson’s Broadway hit for an H.B.O. broadcast later this year.

Works  About  Spike Lee

"The Philosophy of Spike Lee" [] by Mark T. Conard

A.F.I. Directors Profile Spike Lee  
"A.F.I. Directors Profile: Spike Lee" [1997]
Winstar color DVD [5/2000] out of prodn/used
Winstar color VHS [5/2000] for $3.58
full credits at IMDb
Maverick Film-Makers in Recent American Cinema book by Geoff Andrew  "Stranger Than Paradise: Maverick Film-Makers In Recent American Cinema" [1998] by Geoff Andrew
covers Joel & Ethan Coen, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, David Lynch, John Sayles, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, Wayne Wang, and others
Limelight Editions 9½x6½ hardcover [8/2004] for $38.00
Prion Books Ltd. 9x6½ hardcover [4/98] for $19.61
Playboy Interviews / Directors  "The Playboy Interviews: The Directors" [2007]
Edited by by Stephen Randall

17 interviews including Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, the Coen brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee (1991), David Mamet, Roman Polanski (1971), Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino (2003), Orson Welles, Billy Wilder (1963), with Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone each featured twice
M Press/Dark Horse 9x6 hardcover [10/2007] for $18.36
The Spike Lee Reader book edited by Paula Massood  "The Spike Lee Reader" [2008] Edited by Paula Massood
Temple Univ Press 9x6½ pb [2/2008] for $23.07
Temple Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [2/2008] for $63.84
Controversial Cinema / Films That Outraged America book by Kendall R. Phillips  "Controversial Cinema: The Films That Outraged America" [2008]
by Kendall R. Phillips

focuses on Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" [1989], Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of The Lambs" [1991], Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" [1994], and Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" [2004], plus others
Praeger 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/2008] for $42.68
Fight the Power! / Spike Lee Reader book Edited by Janice Hamlet & Robin R. Means Coleman  "Fight The Power! The Spike Lee Reader" [2008]
Edited by Janice D. Hamlet & Robin R. Means Coleman, Foreword by Spike Lee

Peter Lang International 9x6 pb [11/2008] for $38.67

Family  &  Friends

wife Tonya Lewis (since 1993)
daughter Satchel (b. 12/1994)
second child?

brother David Lee (b. 1961)

sister Joie Lee (b. 1962)

brother Cinque Lee (b. 1966)

L i n k s
40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks [est. 1986] in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY
Spike Lee entry at Wikipedia
Spike Lee credits [since 1977] at Internet Movie Database

browse Spike Lee {returns 200+ titles} on DVD at Amazon
SPIKE LEE'S JOINT WEST: 7267 Melrose Ave, W.Hwd? = gone?

SPIKE/D.D.B.: est 12/96; 50/50 joint w/Spike Lee [cr dir] for comm'ls

Online sales in association with  browse Spike Lee {returns 200+ titles} on DVD at Amazon

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