Spike Lee is one of Hollywood's most influential filmakers. He has directed and produced films, music videos, and commercials throughout his extensive and successful career.
Spike Lee has established himself as one of Hollywood's most important and influential filmmakers in the past decade with critically-acclaimed films such as Malcolm X, Clockers and Do the Right Thing.
Mr. Lee's distinguished career proves he is a leader both on and off the screen. In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy, She's Gotta Have It, not only earned him a prestigious award but set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American Cinema.
School Daze, his second feature, was not only highly profitable but it also helped launch the careers of several young Black actors. Spike's timely 1989, Do the Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film & Director awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues, Clockers and Crooklyn were also critically well received.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Lee returned South 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.
In addition to his achievements in feature films, 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. He also has contributed his talents to over 50 television commercials including the Nike Air Jordan campaign where he collaborated with basketball great Michael Jordan on seven commercials. His other commercials include Levi's Buttonfly 501, AT&T, ESPN, Snapple and Taco Bell.
A man of many talents, Mr. Lee is also diversely involved in documentaries and sports programs, such as the Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary, 4 Little Girls, a story about a bomb that destroyed a black church in Birmington, Alabama in 1963 killing 4 young girls at Sunday school. This event became a defining moment in the civil rights movement. He also received an Emmy Award for his piece on Georgetown's John Thompson for HBO/Real Sports. Additionally, Mr. Lee has authored six books on the making of his films.
From the time he was growing up in Brooklyn to the present day, Spike Lee has been an avid basketball fan, especially of the New York Knicks. He is frequently spotted sitting courtside at the games. His dedication as a basketball fan of the NY Knicks is the subject of his book, Best Seat in the House.