THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY
(Director/Producer) has established himself as one of Hollywood's most important
and influential Filmmakers in the past decade. Lee is curently completing is
thirteenth film, "Bamboozled" which stars Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett-Smith,
Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover. His most recent film is "Summer of
Sam," starring John Leguizumo and Mira Sorvio. His other recent films
include "Girl 6," and "Get on the Bus." These movies follow
some of his most critically acclaimed films, "Malcolm X" and "Do
the Right Thing."
In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy, "She's Gotta
Have It," earned him the Prix de Jeanesse Award at the Cannes Film festival
and set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American Cinema.
"School Daze," his second feature, was not only highly profitable,
but also helped launch the careers of several black actors. Lee's timely 1989
film, "Do the Right Thing," garnered an Academy Award nomination for
the Best Original Screenply and Best Film & Director Awards from the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association . Lee's "Jungle Fever," "Mo'
Better Blues," "Clockers" and "Crooklyn" -- were also
critically well received.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned to attend
Morehouse College. After graduation, he returned to Brooklyn to continue his
education at New York university's Tisch School of the Arts in Manhattan where
he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production. Lee then founded
40 Acres and Mule Filmworks based in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn , where
he has resided since childhood.
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. His other music videos include work for the late Phyliss Hyman, Naughty
by Nature, and Arrested Development.
Lee's commercial work began in 1988 with his Nike Air Jordan campaign.
Collaborating with basketball great Michael Jordan on seven commercials, Lee
resurrected his popular character, Mars Blackmon from "She's Gotta Have
It." He also completed a PSA for UNICEF which also features Michael Jordan
called, Two Michaels. Lee is also well-known for his Levi's Button-Fly 501,
AT&T, and ESPN television commercials. Other commercial ventures include TV
spots for Phillips, American Express, Snapple and Taco Bell, just to name a few.
Lee has also directed several Art Spot Shorts for MTV and a short film featuring
Branford Marsalis and Diahnne Abbott for "Saturday Night Live." Lee is
also diversely involved in documentaries and sports programs having completed
the Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary "4 Little Girls," for HBO and
receiving and 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 For Five, Served as a pictorial reflection of his
first five features. Most recently he has authored a new book entitled Best Seat
in the House with Ralph Wiley.
Ever moving into new areas, Lee has combined his extensive creative
experience into yet another venture: partnering wih DDB Needham, he has created
Spike/DDB -- a full service agency -- that will concentrate on the urban/ethnic
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