Toronto Black Film Festival to honour Spike Lee


Wow!  An intimate evening with Spike Lee at the Toronto Black Film Festival 2020.  Let me just start off by giving thanks. It was a true honour to be able to be in the same room as Spike Lee. For those who may not know Spike, He is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983. Some of his movies include She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), He Got Game (1998), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Chi-Raq (2015), and BlacKkKlansman (2018). 

Spike Lee received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Toronto Black Film Festival 2020
Spike Lee received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Toronto Black Film Festival 2020

On February 13, Spike received the Toronto Black Film Festival 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. The light turned off and we had the opportunity to see the restored version of BAMBOOZLED. Cast. Damon Wayans as Pierre Delacroix/Peerless Dothan. Savion Glover as Manray/”Mantan” Jada Pinkett Smith as Sloan Hopkins. Tommy Davidson as Womack/”Sleep ‘n Eat” Michael Rapaport as Thomas Dunwitty. Mos Def as Julius Hopkins/”Big Blak Afrika” Thomas Jefferson Byrd as “Honeycutt” Paul Mooney as Junebug.  This is the 1st time that he attended the Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF20! The crowd went wild when he arrived on the stage. 

The Oscar-winning director and Cannes Film Festival’s first black Jury President discussed his journey as a filmmaker as well as his views on the future of Black films and Diversity off/on screen.  Moderator: Fabienne Colas (2019 Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women) asked some fun questions and we learned about her top 5 Spike Lee films.  

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Jovin Tardif

Jovin Tardif is a freelance writer, storyteller, interviewer, reviewer and conversation starter.

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