Spike Lee is an American icon and one of CC’s favorite Directors.
He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and began making amateur films by age 20. His first major motion picture, the 1986 release – “She’s Gotta Have It” put Spike on the map. He would go on to direct such films as “Do the Right Thing”, “Malcolm X”, “Mo’ Better Blues”, “Summer of Sam”,“She Hate Me”, and more recently “Inside Man” – a thrilling bank caper starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen.
Lee has also had success in directing television commercials. Some of the best sports commercials of the early 1990′s featured Spike as “Mars Blackmon” opposite Michael Jordan in Nike’s Air Jordan campaign – “Do You Know?” These adds helped define both the Nike brand and the cultural phenomenon of athletic shoes. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, is located in his childhood neighborhood of Fort Green in Brooklyn.
Today, Spike Lee continues to create films that explore provoking topics like race, politics, and violence. These films bring more than entertainment to theater screens, they also bring people together.
He is also an avid Knicks, Giants and Yankees fan who can be seen at games in New York throughout the year.
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