February 16, 2004
of Houston Main Campus, Cullen Performance Hall
Lee is one of Hollywood's most influential filmmakers. He recently
completed for HBO the documentary Jim Brown: All- American
and MTV's The Original Kings of Comedy. His most recent
films are Bamboozled and 25th Hour.
Other topical and influential films by Spike Lee include Girl
6 and Get on the Bus. These movies follow some of
his most critically acclaimed films, Malcolm X, Clockers
and Do The Right Thing. In 1986, his debut film, the
independently produced comedy, She's Gotta Have It, earned
him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film Festival and
set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American Cinema.
School Daze, his second feature, helped to launch the
careers of several young black actors. Lee's 1989 film, Do
The Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination of
Best Original Screenplay and Best Film and Director awards from
the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Lee's Jungle Fever,
Mo' Better Blues, Clockers and Crooklyn
were also critically well received films.
In addition to his achievements in feature films, Lee has produced
and directed numerous music videos for artists such as Miles Davis,
Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker, Public Enemy, Bruce Hornsby
and Michael Jackson. His other music videos include work for the
late Phyliss Hyman, Naughty by Nature and Arrested Development.
Lee has directed Art Spot Shorts for MTV and a short film featuring
Branford Marsalis and Diahnne Abbott for Saturday Night Live.
Lee is also involved in documentaries and sport programs, having
completed the Emmy- and Oscar-nominated documentary, 4 Little
Girls, for HBO and receiving an Emmy award for his piece
on John Thompson for HBO/Real Sports. Additionally Lee has authored
six books on the making of his films; the fifth book, Five
for Five, served as a reflection through pictures of his
first five features. He has authored Best Seat in the House
with Ralph Wiley. The latest effort in writing is a children's
book, Please, Baby, Please, which he co-authored with
his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.
Project for the Active Teaching of History
by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, PATH seeks
enhance the teaching of American history throughout the Gulf Coast
region. A joint project of Region 4 Education Service Center, the
of Houston Department of History and College of Education, and the
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, PATH will host a series of summer
teachers and colloquia for the general public.
additional information: Please contact Debra Williams, Education
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