With such recent films as He Got Game, The Best Man and Summer of Sam, Spike Lee has established himself as one of Hollywood's most important and influential filmmakers in the last decade. These movies follow some of his most critically acclaimed films: Malcolm X, Clockers and Do The Right Thing, which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, but raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned to the South to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he continued his education at New York University's Tisch School of Arts in Manhattan, where he received his Master offline Arts Degree in film production. Lee then founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, based in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, his home since childhood. He also created a record label, 40 Acres and a Mule Musicworks, and retail company, Spike's Joint East.
Spike 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 belated Phyliss Hyman, Naughty by Nature and Arrested Development.
Lee's long-cherished dream of filming a documentary about the racially motivated 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four young Sunday school attendees reached fruition. The controversial film, 4 Little Girls: Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar.
NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program on October 18, 2001
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