AT&T Performing Arts Center presents #HearHere: Spike Lee
As part of its #HearHere series, AT&T Performing Arts Center will present Oscar Award-winning director, writer, actor, producer, author, and NYU grad film tenured professor, Spike Lee.
Lee's recent projects include BlacKkKlansman, based on a true story by Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan during the 1970s, which also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received the esteemed Prix de la Jeunesse Award. Lee’s filming of the play Pass Over, premiered at Sundance. He also directed all 10 episodes of the Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It. Lee has directed and produced over 30 films since his first feature film, the independently produced She’s Gotta Have It, which also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986 and received the esteemed Prix de la Jeunesse Award.
Lee continues to produce cinematic works of art that display his skill and ability to showcase outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions about Race, Class and Gender identity. His film Do the Right Thing, released in 1989, earned Lee an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and still remains relevant today. Lee has also produced several documentaries, including the Academy Award nominated 4 Little Girls and the Peabody and Emmy Award winning films When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, all with HBO. In addition, his Michael Jackson documentaries, BAD 25 and original "Off the Wall" were both critically acclaimed.
In addition to his prolific film career, Lee has directed and produced numerous music videos and he began commercial work in 1988 with his Nike Air Jordan campaign. Ever moving into new areas, Lee combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture with DDB Needham to create Spike/DDB, a full-service advertising agency. Lee has also authored several books, including Five For Five, a pictorial reflection of his first five features, Best Seat in the House, with Ralph Wiley, and two children's books Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please, co-authored with Tonya Lewis Lee, his wife.