He was making amateur films by age 20, and won a Student Academy Award because of his graduate thesis film. Lee attracted attention with his first feature, She’s Gotta Have It — among the very lucrative movies produced in 1986 — and continues to create movies that investigate harassing issues like race, politics and violence. He’s also famous for his documentaries and advertisements.
Performer, director, producer and writer Spike Lee wass produced Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up in a comparatively well off African American family, Lee was making amateur films by age 20. His first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn, was finished when he was an undergraduate at Morehouse College. Lee went to graduate in the New York University Film School in 1982.
No stranger to controversy for specific provocative components in both his movies and public statements, Lee frequently requires a critical look at race relations, political problems and urban crime and violence. His next film, 1989’s Do The Right Thing, analyzed all of the preceding and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1989.
Following movies, including Malcolm X, Mo’ Better Blues, Summer of Sam and She Hate Me, continued to investigate societal and political problems. 4 Little Girls, a piece concerning the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, was nominated for an Academy Award for The Best Feature Documentary in 1997.
He also did well in the box office that year together with the offense caper Inside Man starring Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and Denzel Washington.
Lee has also had success in directing television commercials, most notoriously opposite Michael Jordan in Nike’s Air Jordan effort. Other commercial customers include Converse, Taco Bell and Ben & Jerry’s. His production firm, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, is found in his youth area of Fort Green in Brooklyn.
This film was commended for bringing the frequently unmarked encounter of black infantrymen — known as buffalo soldiers — to the big screen. Critics, however, debated over how well the movie was done. Kenneth Turan of the La Times wrote that Miracle at St. Anna “reveals what occurs when a movie’s performance doesn’t measure up to its thoughts.”
Now, Lee is rumored to be making on a sequel to his 2006 strike Inside Man. He could be also apparently working on documentaries on basketball greats Kobe Bryant (2009) and Michael Jordan (2010).