Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was making amateur films by age 20, and won a Student Academy Award for his graduate thesis film. Lee drew attention with his first feature, She's Gotta Have It -- one of the most profitable films made in 1986 - and continues to create films that explore provocative topics like #race #politics and violence. He is also known for his #documentaries and commercials.
#Actor #director #producer and #writer #SpikeLee was born Shelton Jackson grew up in a relatively well-off African-American family and he was making amateur films by age 20.
His 1st student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn, was completed when he was an undergraduate at Morehouse College. Lee went on to graduate from the New York University Film School in 1982. His thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, won a Student #Academy #Award .
Lee became a director of promise with his 1st feature film, She's Gotta Have It, in 1986. The film was shot in 2 weeks and cost $175,000 to make, but grossed more than $7 million at the box office, making it one of the most #profitable films created in 1986.
No stranger to controversy for certain provocative elements in both his films and public statements, Lee often takes a critical look at race relations, political issues and urban crime and violence. His 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, examined all of the above and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original #Screenplay .
Subsequent films, including #MalcolmX , Mo' Better Blues, Summer of Samand She Hate Me, continued to explore social and political issues. 4 Little Girls, a documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1998.
In 2006, Lee directed and produced a four-hour documentary for television,When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also did well at the box office that year with the crime caper Inside Man, starring Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and #DenzelWashington .
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