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SPIKE LEE (Director) is one of Hollywood's most important and influential filmmakers. He recently completed work on Sucker Free City, an exploration of gang life in San Francisco. Most recently, he directed The 25th Hour and the documentary Jim Brown - All American. Other recent films include Bamboozled which starred Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover, as well as Summer of Sam, Original Kings of Comedy, Girl 6 and Get on the Bus. These movies follow some of his most critically acclaimed films, Malcolm X Clockers, and Do The Right Thing.

In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy, She's Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse 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 also helped to launch the careers of several young Black actors. Lee's timely 1989 film, Do The Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination of Best Original Screenplay and Best Film and Director awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Lee's Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues, Clockers and Crooklyn were also critically well received.

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. He has also completed a PSA for UNCF which features Michael Jordan. 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, Nike, American Express, Snapple and Taco Bell, among others. Lee has directed Art Spot Shorts for MTV and a short film featuring Branford Marsalis and Diahnne Abbott for Saturday Night Live. Lee is also involved in documentaries and sport programs, having completed the Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary, 4 Little Girls, for HBO and receiving an Emmy award for his piece on 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. He also authored Best Seat in the House with Ralph Wiley. Most recently he co-authored a children's book Please Baby Please with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.

Ever moving into new areas, Lee has combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture: partnering with DDB Needham, he has created Spike/DDB, a full service advertising agency. PRESTON HOLMES (Producer) is an industry veteran with 30 years experience as a producer, production manager and assistant director on feature films, television movies and documentaries. His production experience runs the gamut from studio features to lower budgeted independent productions shot on locations ranging from Harlem and South Central to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

After attending Princeton University, Preston left school to enroll in the prestigious Director's Guild East's Assistant Director Training Program and then admission to the Guild as an Assistant Director.

Moving from commercial production to features in New York, first as an assistant director and then as production manager, Preston joined Spike Lee's production team and helped turn out such hits as Do The Right Thing, Mo' Betta Blues and Jungle Fever. Preston recently worked with Lee on Sucker Free City, a pilot for Showtime. He has since gone on to Produce or Co-Produce films with some of today's most outstanding African-American filmmakers; Juice with Ernest Dickerson, Malcolm X and Crooklyn with Spike Lee and New Jack City, Posse and Panther with Mario Van Peebles.

In 2000, Preston also produced the aw


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