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liveintheprésent: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SPIKE LEE (by: Jovin Tardif)

Wow!  An intimate evening with Spike Lee.  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).  On February 13, Spike received the 2020 TBFF 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 all the right questions and we learned about her top 5 Spike Lee films.  I thought it would be appropriate to do a quick Youtube video about how his work impacted others. I also tossed in his thoughts on storytelling. Please enjoy! #whatonwhatsgood #jovintardif


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spike lee Films Year	Film	Credited as Director	Producer	Writer 1983	Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads	Yes	Yes	Yes 1986	She's Gotta Have It	Yes	Yes	Yes 1988	School Daze	Yes	Yes	Yes 1989	Do the Right Thing	Yes	Yes	Yes 1990	Mo' Better Blues	Yes	Yes	Yes 1991	Jungle Fever	Yes	Yes	Yes 1992	Malcolm X	Yes	Yes	Yes 1994	Crooklyn	Yes	Yes	Yes 1995	Clockers	Yes	Yes	Yes 1996	Girl 6	Yes	Yes	No Get on the Bus	Yes	Executive	No 1998	He Got Game	Yes	Yes	Yes 1999	Summer of Sam	Yes	Yes	Yes 2000	Bamboozled	Yes	Yes	Yes 2002	25th Hour	Yes	Yes	No 2004	She Hate Me	Yes	Yes	Yes 2006	Inside Man	Yes	No	No 2008	Miracle at St. Anna	Yes	Yes	No 2012	Red Hook Summer	Yes	Yes	Yes 2013	Oldboy	Yes	Uncredited	No 2014	Da Sweet Blood of Jesus	Yes	Yes	Yes 2015	Chi-Raq	Yes	Yes	Yes 2018	Pass Over	Yes	Yes	No BlacKkKlansman	Yes	Yes	Yes TBA	Da 5 Bloods	Yes	Yes	Yes Prince of Cats[5]	Yes	TBA	No As producer  The Best Man (1999) Love & Basketball (2000) 3 A.M. (2001) Dream Street (2005) Saint John of Las Vegas (2009) You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You (2011) Amazing Grace (2019) See You Yesterday (2019) As executive producer  Drop Squad (1994) New Jersey Drive (1995) Tales from the Hood (1995) Afrocentricity (2000) Good Fences (2003) Pariah (2011) Evolution of a Criminal (2014) Manos Sucias (2014) Cronies (2015) The Girl Is in Trouble (2015) Short films Year	Film	Credited as	Notes Director	Writer	Producer 1979	Last Hustle in Brooklyn	Yes	Yes	No	 1980	The Answer	Yes	Yes	No	 1981	Sarah	Yes	Yes	No	 1995	Lumière and Company	Yes	No	No	Segment 2001	Come Rain or Come Shine	Yes	No	No	 2002	"We Wuz Robbed"	Yes	No	Yes	Segment of Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet 2005	"Jesus Children of America"	Yes	No	Yes	Segment of All the Invisible Children 2017	Brave: Visions for Moncler	Yes	No	No	 Documentary Year	Film	Credited as Director	Producer 1997	4 Little Girls	Yes	Yes 2000	The Original Kings of Comedy	Yes	Yes 2012	Bad 25	Yes	Yes 2016	Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall	Yes	Yes 2 Fists Up[6]	Yes	No Acting roles Year	Film	Role	Notes 1986	She's Gotta Have It	Mars Blackmon	 1988	School Daze	Half-Pint	 1989	Do the Right Thing	Mookie	 1990	Mo' Better Blues	Giant	 Lonely in America	Himself	 1991	Jungle Fever	Cyrus	 1992	Malcolm X	Shorty	 1994	Crooklyn	Snuffy	 Drop Squad	Himself	 1995	Lumière and Company	Short fillm Clockers	Chucky	 1996	Girl 6	Jimmy	 1999	Summer of Sam	John Jeffries	 2000	Lisa Picard Is Famous	Himself	 2001	3 A.M.	Filmmaker	 2012	Red Hook Summer	Mookie	 Television Year	Title	Credited as	Notes Director	Producer	Writer 2004	Sucker Free City	Yes	Yes	No	Television film 2005	Miracle's Boys	Yes	No	No	Episodes: "New Charlie" and "Bond of Brothers" 2006	Shark	Yes	No	No	Pilot 2007	M.O.N.Y.	Yes	No	No	Unaired pilot 2011	Da Brick	Yes	Yes	No	Unaired pilot 2014	Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife	Yes	Executive	No	Stand-up special Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store	Yes	No	No 2017–2019	She's Gotta Have It	Yes	Executive	Yes	Creator Documentary Year	Title	Credited as Director	Producer 1990	Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella	Yes	No 1999	Pavarotti and Friends for the Guatemala and Kosovo	Yes	No 2002	Jim Brown: All-American	Yes	Yes 2006	When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts	Yes	Yes 2009	Kobe Doin' Work	Yes	Yes 2010	If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise	Yes	Yes 2018	Pass Over	Yes	No Stage show Year	Title	Credited as Director	Producer 1998	Freak	Yes	No 2001	A Huey P. Newton Story	Yes	No 2013	Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth	Yes	Yes Acting roles Year	Title	Role	Notes 1986	Saturday Night Live	Mars Blackmon	 1992	Ghostwriter	Special Agent Pete	Episode: "Into the Comics: Part 1" 2017–2019	She's Gotta Have It	Joe the bartender	 Music videos  This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Find sources: "Spike Lee filmography" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (July 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Year	Artist	Song	Album 1983	Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel	"White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)"	 1987	Anita Baker	"No One in the World"	Rapture 1988	E.U.	"Da Butt"	School Daze OST 1989	Public Enemy	"Fight the Power"	Do the Right Thing OST and Fear of a Black Planet 1991	Fishbone	"Sunless Saturday"	The Reality of My Surroundings State of Art	"Understanding"	Community 1992	State of Art	"Laughing at the Years"	Community Prince and the New Power Generation	"Money Don't Matter 2 Night"	Diamonds and Pearls Arrested Development	"Revolution"[7]	Malcolm X OST 1993	Naughty by Nature	"Hip Hop Hooray"	19 Naughty III Eros Ramazzotti	"Cose della vita"	Tutte storie Bruce Hornsby	"Talk Of The Town"	Harbor Lights 1994	Buckshot LeFonque	"Breakfast at Denny's"	Buckshot LeFonque 1996	Michael Jackson	"They Don't Care About Us" (Prison Version)	HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson	"They Don't Care About Us" (Brazil/Olodum Version)	HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 2000	Mau Maus	"Blak Iz Blak"	Bamboozled 2009	Michael Jackson	"This Is It"	This Is It 2014	Eminem	"Headlights"	The Marshall Mathers LP 2 2019	The Killers	"Land of the Free"	Land Of The Free - Single Other media Year	Film	Credited as	Notes Director	Producer	Writer 2008	Passing Strange	Yes	Yes	No	Broadway show 2015	NBA 2K16	Yes	Executive	Yes	Video game 2017	Rodney King	Yes	Yes	No	Stand-up special Collaborations Actors Actor	Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)	She's Gotta Have It (1986)	School Daze (1988)	Do the Right Thing (1989)	Mo' Better Blues (1990)	Jungle Fever (1991)	Malcolm X (1992)	Crooklyn (1994)	Clockers (1995)	Girl 6 (1996)	Get on the Bus (1996)	He Got Game (1998)	Summer of Sam (1999)	Bamboozled (2000)	25th Hour (2002)	She Hate Me (2004)	Inside Man (2006)	Miracle at St. Anna (2008)	Red Hook Summer (2012)	Old Boy (2013)	Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)	Chi-Raq (2015)	BlacKkKlansman (2018) Rick Aiello				☑		☑			☑														 Lemon Andersen																☑	☑	☑					 Mamie Louis Anderson					☑	☑																	 Ashlie Atkinson																	☑						☑ Michael Badalucco					☑	☑			☑				☑										 Angela Bassett							☑															☑	 Susan Batson										☑	☑		☑	☑									 Richard Belzer										☑	☑												 Graham Brown							☑		☑														 Jim Brown												☑				☑							 Robert John Burke																		☑					☑ Thomas Jefferson Byrd									☑	☑	☑	☑		☑					☑		☑		 Victor Colicchio													☑				☑						 Michael Cullen							☑		☑														 Ossie Davis			☑	☑		☑	☑				☑					☑							 Rosario Dawson												☑			☑								 Ruby Dee			☑	☑		☑																	 Michael Devine																☑	☑						 Kim Director												☑	☑	☑		☑	☑						 Doug E. Doug						☑	☑																 Erik Dellums		☑	☑	☑																			 Chiwetel Ejiofor																☑	☑						 Giancarlo Esposito			☑	☑	☑		☑																 Jennifer Esposito												☑	☑										 Tyra Ferrell			☑			☑																	 Frances Foster							☑	☑	☑														 Peter Frechette																	☑	☑					 Leland Gantt							☑											☑					 Hill Harper											☑	☑											 Robin Harris				☑	☑																		 Zelda Harris								☑				☑											 Tommy Redmond Hicks	☑	☑																					 Michael Imperioli						☑	☑		☑	☑			☑							☑			 Samantha Ivers																	☑		☑				 Samuel L. Jackson			☑	☑	☑	☑														☑		☑	 Rodney "Bear" Jackson														☑	☑	☑	☑	☑					 Tracy Camilla Johns		☑			☑														☑				 Lonette McKee						☑	☑					☑											 Brendan Kelly							☑		☑														 Tim Kelleher							☑		☑														 David Patrick Kelly							☑	☑														☑	 Cinque Lee			☑																		☑		 Joie Lee		☑	☑	☑	☑	☑		☑		☑	☑					☑					☑		 John Leguizamo													☑					☑					 Harry Lennix									☑		☑												 Delroy Lindo							☑	☑	☑														 Branford Marsalis				☑	☑																		 Debi Mazar						☑	☑			☑													 J. C. MacKenzie									☑			☑											 Coati Mundi					☑					☑				☑									 Charlie Murphy					☑	☑																	 Arthur Nascarella									☑	☑		☑	☑										☑ Elvis Nolasco									☑											☑	☑		 Bill Nunn			☑	☑	☑							☑											 Al Palagonia										☑	☑	☑	☑	☑	☑		☑	☑	☑	☑	☑	☑	 Paula Jai Parker											☑					☑							 Erik Payne		☑	☑				☑																 Dina Pearlman										☑				☑									 Wendell Pierce							☑				☑												 Christopher Plummer							☑										☑						 Theresa Randle						☑	☑																 James Ransone																	☑		☑	☑			 Monty Ross	☑	☑			☑		☑																 Miguel Sandoval				☑		☑																	 John Savage				☑									☑										 Joe Seneca			☑		☑		☑																 Al Sharpton							☑							☑									 Wesley Snipes					☑	☑																☑	 Roger Guenveur Smith			☑	☑			☑				☑	☑	☑										 Mike Starr									☑				☑										 D. B. Sweeney																		☑				☑	 Brian Tarantina													☑										☑ Joseph Lyle Taylor										☑		☑	☑	☑									 Leonard L. Thomas			☑	☑	☑		☑		☑	☑													 John Turturro				☑	☑	☑			☑	☑		☑	☑			☑		☑					 Nicholas Turturro				☑	☑	☑	☑																☑ Nelson Vasquez				☑						☑		☑											 Frank Vincent			☑		☑																		 John Wallace												☑		☑									 Denzel Washington					☑		☑					☑					☑						 Isaiah Washington								☑	☑		☑												 Veronica Webb						☑	☑																 Steve White				☑	☑		☑		☑		☑												 Isiah Whitlock Jr.															☑	☑			☑			☑	☑ Christopher Wynkoop								☑	☑			☑	☑	☑		☑							 References General "Spike Lee > Filmography". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-01-15. "Spike Lee – Rotten Tomatoes Celebrity Profile". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-02-09. Specific  "Spike Lee Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  "Spike Lee – Profile, Latest News and Related Articles". E!. Retrieved 2009-02-09.  Curtis, Bryan (2008-06-01). "Bro Knows Football". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  Black, Johnny (August 2002). "The Greatest Songs Ever! Fight the Power". Blender. Retrieved 2009-02-09.  Desta, Yohana (November 14, 2019). "Spike Lee's Next Joint Is a Hip-Hop Romeo and Juliet Prince of Cats, Spike Lee's Next Joint Is a Hip-Hop Romeo and Juliet". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 10, 2019.  Nemcik, Marc (May 31, 2016). "Watch: Spike Lee's ESPN Documentary 2 Fists Up, On Protests at University of Missouri". Filmmaker. Retrieved June 25, 2017.  "Revolution – Arrested Development - Music Video". MTV. Retrieved 2008-02-05. External links Spike Lee on IMDb
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Spike Lee FilmographyAwards and nominationsUnrealized projects Feature films directed	 She's Gotta Have It (1986)School Daze (1988)Do the Right Thing (1989)Mo' Better Blues (1990)Jungle Fever (1991)Malcolm X (1992)Crooklyn (1994)Clockers (1995)Girl 6 (1996)Get on the Bus (1996)He Got Game (1998)Summer of Sam (1999)Bamboozled (2000)25th Hour (2002)She Hate Me (2004)Inside Man (2006)Miracle at St. Anna (2008)Red Hook Summer (2012)Oldboy (2013)Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)Chi-Raq (2015)BlacKkKlansman (2018)Da 5 Bloods (TBA) Documentaries directed	 4 Little Girls (1997)Freak (1998)The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)The Concert for New York City (2001, "Come Rain or Come Shine")Jim Brown: All-American (2002)When the Levees Broke (2006)Kobe Doin' Work (2009)Passing Strange (2009)If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010)Bad 25 (2012)Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016) Other films directed	 Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)Lumière and Company (1995, segment)Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002, segment "We Wuz Robbed")All the Invisible Children (2005, segment "Jesus Children of America") Television	 Sucker Free City (2004)She's Gotta Have It (2017–19) Related articles	 40 Acres and a Mule FilmworksBill LeeJoie LeeDavid LeeCinqué LeeMalcolm D. Lee
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Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor, noted for his films that deal with controversial social and political issues. Lee's films are typically referred to as "Spike Lee Joints" and the closing credits always end with the phrases "By Any Means Necessary", "Ya Dig" and "Sho Nuff".[1]  Lee received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, which culminated in his thesis film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, the first student film to be showcased in Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films Festival.[2] Lee's first feature-film She's Gotta Have It was released three years later in 1986. Lee directed, produced, wrote, and acted in his first three feature-films: She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, and Do the Right Thing. Lee has starred or acted in many of his own films, including the role of Mars Blackmon, which he reprised for a series of Nike commercials that also starred Michael Jordan.[3]  In addition to his feature-film credits, Lee has directed a number of music videos by artists such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Anita Baker and Eminem. He has also directed music videos for songs featured in films he has directed, including "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy, which was featured heavily in the 1989 film Do the Right Thing.[4]
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