March 29, 2012 |
Spike Lee, the noted film director and civil rights activist, is in talks to resolve complaints from a Florida couple who say they were forced from their home when he retweeted their address to his Twitter followers as part of the ongoing furor surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Elaine and David McClain, in their 70s, left their Sanford, Fla., home after their address was tweeted by a man who thought he had found the home of George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old who shot Martin, 17. Martin, a black 17-year-old, was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
August 23, 2010 |
In "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," airing Monday and Tuesday on HBO, Spike Lee returns to New Orleans, the scene of his post-Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke" to assess what might be called the damage being done by the recovery. He also assesses the actual recovery, the illusory recovery, the psychological recovery, and the assault on the recovery that is the BP oil spill — an unfortunate and unavoidable late addition that, though not specifically related to Katrina or the following flood, fits his larger themes of class war and bad luck and enlarges his portrait of a land that can seem beleaguered by God or cursed through voodoo but which most definitely shows the scars of human mismanagement, corruption and greed.
August 23, 2010 |
Spike Lee's return to New Orleans for the follow-up of his sprawling post- Hurricane Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" is just as big and anything but easy. In his Emmy Award-winning 2006 project, the producer-director vividly depicted the horrific tragedy and devastation of the hurricane, which included numerous scenes of death, loss, economic upheaval and turmoil that plagued the residents of New Orleans. The four-hour, two-part HBO documentary also focused on the determination of residents to stay in their beloved city and restore it to its former glory.
January 28, 2010
SERIES Biography on CNBC: Poultry magnate Frank Perdue is profiled in this new installment (7 and 10 p.m. CNBC). Naked Science: A new episode looks at the environmental hardships faced by prehistoric people in Alaska (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic). The Vampire Diaries: There's a new vampire in town in this new episode of the supernatural drama (8 p.m. KTLA). Bones: Booth and Brennan (David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel) investigate when a human skeleton is discovered at a Civil War battleground in this new episode of the forensics drama (8 p.m. Fox)
May 24, 2009 |
On Christmas Day, 1987, the 30-year-old Brooklyn-based filmmaker Spike Lee started working on the script for his third feature. His first, the 1986 surprise hit "She's Gotta Have It," was a trailblazing romantic comedy about young upscale African Americans, and his sophomore effort, "School Daze," a musical look at black college life, was in the can and set to be released two months later.
December 10, 2008 |
More than 20 years after making his first splash with "She's Gotta Have It," Spike Lee is finally going to make it to Sundance. His belated debut -- in the 25th year of the Sundance Film Festival -- comes as director and co-producer of the film version of "Passing Strange," the stage musical by Los Angeles indie rockers Stew (Mark Stewart) and Heidi Rodewald that took an unlikely passage from New York's nonprofit Public Theater to Broadway in February. It ran for 165 performances at the Belasco Theatre, with Stew nabbing a Tony Award for best book of a musical before it closed July 20. Among those captivated was Lee, who said Friday that he saw the show several times at the Public, then came back for repeat viewings at the Belasco -- even before producers approached him about capturing it on film before it closed.
September 25, 2008 |
"NEWS flash," says director Spike Lee, grabbing the digital voice recorder that's on the table before him, placing it to his lips. "Spike Lee does not assume that every white person is racist. I do not feel that way. And I have not felt that way in the past. Are there some people who are like that? Yes. But I am not going to assume they are."