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Filmmaker, producer to speak Feb. 3

Filmmaker Spike Lee will speak on “Film and Entrepreneurship: America Through My Lens” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Millett Hall.

Lee also will participate in an open discussion, “The Film Industry, the Media, the Mass Communications Business and More,” at 3 p.m. Feb. 3 in Hall Auditorium.

Since his first feature film, “She's Gotta Have It,” was released in 1986, Lee has challenged audiences with one controversial film after another, sparking debates about race, sex, American politics and film production.

“Do the Right Thing” (1989) presented the complexities and tensions behind interracial relations, “Jungle Fever” (1991) explored interracial relations and attitudes, “Malcolm X” (1992) depicted the life of the African-American leader; and “Clockers” (1995) portrayed the drug underworld. Lee's other films include “School Daze” (1988), “Crooklyn” (1994), “Girl 6” (1996), “Summer of Sam” (1999), “Bamboozled” and “The Original Kings of Comedy” (both 2000) and “She Hate Me” (2004).

Lee is the author of Best Seat in the House, a reflection on his life and his passion for the New York Knicks. He has produced numerous commercials and music videos and is the founder of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.

The Feb. 3 events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the evening lecture and are available from the box office in Shriver Center, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by phone at 9-3200. Any remaining tickets will be distributed at Millett beginning one hour prior to the talk.

Tickets are not required for the 3 p.m. open discussion.

Lee's appearance is part of the John W. Altman Major Speakers Series and is presented by the College of Arts and Science and the Richard T. Farmer School of Business.

From Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, a Spike Lee film festival will air on MUNet, channels 67 and 68. The films begin at 7 p.m. and include “Malcolm X,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever” and “She's Gotta Have It.”

Date Published: 01/20/2005
Volume: 24   Number: 21

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