In 2006, Lee premiered his 19th feature film Inside Man, receiving acclaim from critics and audiences alike. His recent critical and box-office successes have also included such films as She Hate Me, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam. Lee's films Girl 6, Get on the Bus, Do the Right Thing and Clockers display his ability to showcase a series of outspoken and provocative sociopolitical critiques that challenge cultural assumptions not only about race, but also class and gender identity.
His debut film, the independently produced comedy She's Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film festival in 1986 and set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American Cinema. His second feature, the hit School Daze, helped to launch the careers of several young black actors. Lee's timely 1989 film Do the Right Thing garnered an Academy Award nomination for 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.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned south to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he went back to Brooklyn to continue his education at New York University's Tisch School of Arts, where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production. He founded 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, which is based in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, New York. Lee is a Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts—NYU Graduate Film, where he is also the Artistic Director.
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Spike Lee Facts
|Birth Name||Shelton Jackson Lee|
|Birthday||March 20, 1957 (60)|
|Birthplace||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Height||5' 5" (1m65) How tall is Spike Lee compared to you?|
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