Spike Lee

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Filmmaker, Actor, Author, Teacher

As I spoke with Spike Lee, I immediately understood why

he accomplished what he set out to do with his life. As a

professor and artistic director at New York University’s graduate

film program, he begins his course “directing strategies”

by explaining that he doesn’t accept excuses when it comes

to completing a project. Of all people, he should know what

it takes. It is now part of show business lore that he maxed

out every credit card in his possession and tapped every possible

source of funds to produce his first film, She’s Gotta

Have It, which not only earned him the prestigious “New

Generation Award” but set him at the forefront of the Black

New Wave in American cinema. Today, Lee is one of Hollywood’s

most important and influential filmmakers with critically

acclaimed films, such as Malcolm X, Clockers, and Do

the Right Thing.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Brooklyn, New York;

Mr. Lee returned to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College.

After graduation, he continued 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.

Lee’s reputation is not without controversy. His movies

are sometimes criticized for not representing the most positive

side of the black experience or of the relationships between

blacks and whites. Nevertheless, he holds true to his

vision and his art. He started off as a maverick, doing what

he loves, and, no doubt, he will continue to bring his unique

message and vision to his movies.

When it comes to his own life, his priorities are his family,

his kids, and his art. Already focused as a child, he has

certainly remained focused as an adult. He remains an outof-

the-box thinker and is a noteworthy example of a creative

individual who circumvented the traditional route to success,

followed his dreams, and worked hard to achieve his personal

best.