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SPIKE LEE (Director/Writer/Producer) has become one of Hollywood's most influential and important filmmakers

SPIKE LEE (Director/Writer/Producer) has become one of Hollywood's most influential and important filmmakers. Touchstone Pictures' "He Got Game" is his twelfth feature in a career that began over a decade ago and which has earned him outstanding critical acclaim for such features as "Malcolm X," "Clockers," and "Do the Right Thing." His most recent film, "Get on the Bus," opened to rave reviews, and he has also received accolades for his first documentary feature, "4 Little Girls," which he directed and produced for HBO, and which received an Oscar® nomination.

In 1986, Lee made his film debut with the independently produced comedy "She's Gotta Have It," which he wrote, directed, produced, edited, and acted in, creating the character Mars Blackmon. The feature earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film Festival and gave impetus and attention to the Black New Wave in American cinema. His second feature, "School Daze," was a commercial success and the breakthrough film for several of Hollywood's young African-American actors.

Lee received an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his trenchant 1989 feature "Do the Right Thing." The film, which dealt with the contentious issue of race relations in America, also earned him Best Film and Best Director awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Subsequent films "Jungle Fever" and "Mo' Better Blues" continued his tradition for tackling serious issues within the African-American context. In 1992, Lee brought the life story of Malcolm X to the screen. Cast as the charismatic civil rights advocate, Denzel Washington received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor. The feature was declared one of the best films of 1992.

Born Shelton Jackson Lee in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, Lee is the son of a jazz musician and a schoolteacher and grew up an avid sports fan. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He returned to New York to continue his education at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a master of fine arts degree in film production, and also directing his student film "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads" which won a Student Academy Award®.

Settling in his home neighborhood of Fort Greene, Lee then founded his own production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.

In addition to his achievements in feature films, Lee has produced and directed numerous music videos for such diverse artists as Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker, Public Enemy, Bruce Hornsby, and Michael Jackson. Other music videos include those for Phyliss Hyman, Naughty by Nature, and Arrested Development.

Lee is also known for his commercial work with the Nike Air Jordan campaign. Collaborating with basketball superstar Michael Jordan on seven commercials, Lee resurrected his popular character Mars Blackmon from "She's Gotta Have It." He created a P.S.A. for the United Negro College Fund that also features Michael Jordan. Lee has also directed several Art Spot Shorts for MTV and a short film featuring Branford Marsalis and Dianne Abbott for "Saturday Night Live." He received an Emmy Award for his piece on Georgetown's John Thompson for HBO/Real Sports.

Additionally, Lee has authored six books on the making of his films; the fifth book, "Five


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