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Shelton Jackson Lee, better known as Spike Lee, is an American screenwriter, actor, film director and producer, as well as a television director and producer. How rich is Spike Lee? The sources state that Spike Lee’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million. Spike Lee is a nominee and a winner of a number of awards, including Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, as well as Black Reel Awards. An inspiration to many, Lee accumulated most of his net worth due to his successful screenwriting career, and at the same time paved a path for a lot of upcoming African American filmmakers.

Spike Lee Net Worth $40 Million

Spike Lee, who was born in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, attended a Morehouse College, took film courses at a Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Morehouse College. A cousin of a film director and screenwriter Malcolm D. Lee, Spike Lee came out with his first independent film “Joe’s Bed-Stud Barbershop: We Cut Heads” in 1983. The movie, showcased at the New Directors New Films Festival, earned a Student Academy Award and turned out to be Lee’s first successful step in the screenwriting direction. In 1985, Spike Lee started to work on his first feature film “She’s Gotta Have It” that was shot in only two weeks. With an initial budget of $175 thousand, the movie grossed over $7 million in the United States, and was first major contribution to Spike Lee’s net worth. In 1989 Lee produced another film titled “Do the Right Thing”, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Danny Aiello, and several years later was paid $3 million to direct a movie about an African-American human rights activist Malcolm X by the name of “Malcolm X”. The movie where the main role is played by Denzel Washington has been awarded and nominated for several awards. Some of Spike Lee’s other notable movies include “Inside Man” with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen, “Love & Basketball” starring Omar Epps, and “25th Hour” with Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Anna Paquin. In 1986, Spike Lee created a production company named “40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks” that has released over 35 of his movies. Lee has also managed to increase his net worth by opening small clothing stores with 40 Acres emblem, and has done numerous collaborations with such clothing companies as “Nike” and “Brooklyn Denim”.

In 2007, Spike Lee was awarded with San Francisco Film Society’s Directing Award. Spike Lee, who not only directs movies and writes screenplays but also appears in cameo roles in some of them, has managed to increase his net worth to $40 million. Spike Lee currently resides in New York’s most expensive Upper East Side zip code with his wife Tonya Lewis and their daughter Satchel. A house that Lee purchased in 1998 for $4.75 million is now worth approximately $30 to $40 million. In addition to his luxurious property, Spike Lee also owns courtside seats of New York Knicks basketball club that are reported to cost a large sum of money.


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Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
She's Gotta Have It 2017 TV Series 10 episodes announced
Go Brasil Go! Documentary announced
Spike Lee's Lil Joints 2015-2016 TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall 2016 Documentary
Kevon Carter: We Gotta Do Better 2015 Video short
Chi-Raq 2015
NBA 2K16 2015 Video Game
Mo'ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl 2014 Documentary short
Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store 2014 TV Special documentary
Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife 2014 TV Special
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus 2014
Amex Unstaged Pharrell Williams Live at the Apollo 2014 Video
Oldboy 2013
Bad 25 2012 Documentary
Red Hook Summer 2012
Da Brick 2011 TV Movie
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Passing Strange 2009
Kobe Doin' Work 2009 TV Movie documentary
Great Performances 1998-2009 TV Series 2 episodes
Miracle at St. Anna 2008
Lovers & Haters 2007 Short
M.O.N.Y. 2007 TV Movie
Shark 2006 TV Series 1 episode
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
Inside Man 2006
All the Invisible Children 2005 segment "Jesus Children of America"
Jesus Children of America 2005 Short
Miracle's Boys 2005 TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Sucker Free City 2004 TV Movie
She Hate Me 2004
25th Hour 2002
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet 2002 segment "We Wuz Robbed"
Jim Brown: All American 2002 TV Movie documentary
Come Rain or Come Shine 2001 Documentary short
The Concert for New York City 2001 TV Special documentary segment "Come Rain or Come Shine"
A Huey P. Newton Story 2001 TV Movie documentary
The Making of 'Bamboozled' 2001 Video documentary
Bamboozled 2000
The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 Documentary
And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 1 2000 Video video "Fight the Power"
Un matin partout dans le monde 2000 TV Short
Pavarotti & Friends 99 for Guatemala and Kosovo 1999 TV Movie documentary
Summer of Sam 1999
John Leguizamo: Freak 1998 TV Special
He Got Game 1998
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II 1997 Video documentary video "They Don't Care About Us"
4 Little Girls 1997 Documentary
Get on the Bus 1996
Girl 6 1996
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 1995 TV Series 1 episode
Lumière et compagnie 1995 Documentary
Clockers 1995
Crooklyn 1994
Malcolm X 1992
Jungle Fever 1991
Mo' Better Blues 1990
Do the Right Thing 1989
School Daze 1988
She's Gotta Have It 1986
Horn of Plenty 1986 TV Short
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads 1983
Sarah 1981 Short
The Answer 1980 Short
Last Hustle in Brooklyn 1979 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mo'ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl 2014 Documentary short executive producer
Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife 2014 TV Special executive producer
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus 2014 producer
Beats of the Beautiful Game 2014 Short executive producer
Manos sucias 2014 executive producer
Evolution of a Criminal 2014 Documentary executive producer
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth 2013 TV Movie executive producer
Oldboy 2013 producer
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You 2012 executive producer
Red Hook Summer 2012 producer
Da Brick 2011 TV Movie executive producer
Doubles with Slight Pepper 2011 Short executive producer
Pariah 2011/I executive producer
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 1 episode
Dream Street 2010 executive producer
Saint John of Las Vegas 2009 executive producer
Kobe Doin' Work 2009 TV Movie documentary producer
Great Performances 2009 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Miracle at St. Anna 2008 producer
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 2 episodes
All the Invisible Children 2005 producer - segment "Jesus Children of America"
Jesus Children of America 2005 Short producer
Sucker Free City 2004 TV Movie executive producer
She Hate Me 2004 producer
Good Fences 2003 TV Movie executive producer
25th Hour 2002 producer
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet 2002 producer - segment "We Wuz Robbed"
Jim Brown: All American 2002 TV Movie documentary producer
Home Invaders 2001 executive producer
3 A.M. 2001 co-executive producer / producer
Bamboozled 2000 producer
The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 Documentary producer
Love & Basketball 2000 producer
The Best Man 1999 producer
Summer of Sam 1999 producer
He Got Game 1998 producer
4 Little Girls 1997 Documentary producer
Get on the Bus 1996 executive producer
Girl 6 1996 producer
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 1995 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Clockers 1995 producer
Tales from the Hood 1995 executive producer
New Jersey Drive 1995 executive producer
Drop Squad 1994 executive producer
Crooklyn 1994 producer
Malcolm X 1992 producer
Coca Cola Pop Music Backstage Pass to Summer 1991 TV Special segment producer - segment "Fishbone"
Jungle Fever 1991 producer
Mo' Better Blues 1990 producer
Do the Right Thing 1989 producer
School Daze 1988 producer
She's Gotta Have It 1986 producer - as Shelton J. Lee
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads 1983 producer
She's Gotta Have It 2017 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode announced
Hollywood Renegade Documentary executive producer post-production
Off-Time associate producer post-production
Spike Lee's Lil Joints TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 producer - 1 episode, 2016
Chi-Raq 2015 producer
NBA 2K16 2015 Video Game executive producer
Spike Lee's Lil Joints and of the Son: The Legacy of David & Jackie Robinson 2015 TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Girl Is in Trouble 2015 executive producer
Touched with Fire 2015 executive producer
Cronies 2015 executive producer
Independent Lens 2015 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
She's Gotta Have It TV Series based upon story by - 1 episode, 2017 writer - 1 episode, 2017 announced
Chi-Raq 2015 written by
NBA 2K16 2015 Video Game
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus 2014 screenplay
Red Hook Summer 2012 screenplay
She Hate Me 2004 screenplay
Bamboozled 2000 written by
Summer of Sam 1999 screenplay / writer
He Got Game 1998 written by
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 1995 TV Series 1 episode
Clockers 1995 screenplay
Crooklyn 1994
Malcolm X 1992 screenplay
Jungle Fever 1991 written by
Mo' Better Blues 1990 written by
Do the Right Thing 1989 written by
School Daze 1988 written by
She's Gotta Have It 1986
Horn of Plenty 1986 TV Short
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads 1983 writer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Garden's Defining Moments 2015-2016 TV Mini-Series
Red Hook Summer 2012 Mr. Mookie
Life, in Hollywood: Homevideo 2011 Video
Just for Me Stories 2001 TV Series Narrator (voice)
3 A.M. 2001 Filmmaker
Lisa Picard Is Famous 2000 Spike Lee
Summer of Sam 1999 John Jeffries
Girl 6 1996 Jimmy
Clockers 1995 Chucky
Crooklyn 1994 Snuffy
Ghostwriter 1992 TV Series Special Agent Pete
Malcolm X 1992 Shorty
Jungle Fever 1991 Cyrus
Mo' Better Blues 1990 Giant
Do the Right Thing 1989 Mookie
School Daze 1988 Half-Pint
Saturday Night Live 1986 TV Series Mars Blackmon
She's Gotta Have It 1986 Mars Blackmon

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth 2013 TV Movie directed for stage
Una noche 2012 presents
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary archive source - 1 episode
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America 2004 presenter

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chi-Raq 2015 producer: "Pray 4 My City"
Do the Right Thing 1989 lyrics: "Don't Shoot Me" / music: "Don't Shoot Me"

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary still photographer - 1 episode
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads 1983 assistant camera

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
She's Gotta Have It 1986
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads 1983

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Come Rain or Come Shine 2001 Documentary short

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series segment director - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doomed to You 2016 TV Series very special thanks - 1 episode
Forever 2016/I Short the producers wish to thank
Carmelo 2015 Short thanks
Your Love 2014 Short very special thanks
F to 7th 2014 TV Series short very special thanks - 8 episodes
Bump & Go 2014 Short special thanks
Surviving Cliffside 2013 Documentary very special thanks
Outpost 2013 Short very special thanks
Black Girl in Paris 2013 Short special thanks
La jaula de oro 2013 thanks
Mango Bajito 2012 very special thanks
Laff Mobb Presents 2012 TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Una noche 2012 the filmmaker wishes to thank
Violet & Daisy 2011 special thanks
Pariah 2011/I extra special thanks
Window on Your Present 2010 grateful acknowledgment
I Bet You 2009 special thanks for inspiration
Us: A Love Story 2009 Short very special thanks
Streetballers 2009 special thanks
Edge of Outside 2006 Documentary special thanks
Secuestro 2005 TV Short special thanks
Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze' 2005 Video documentary short special thanks
Date 2004 Short special thanks
El Delivery 2004 TV Short special thanks
The Living Silence 2003 Short special thanks
Five Deep Breaths 2003 Short special thanks
Snapped 2001 Short special thanks - as Shelton J. Lee
Chutney Popcorn 1999 special thanks
Dogma 1999 humble thanks
Nowhere Fast 1997 special thanks - as Shelton Lee
Clerks 1994 special thanks: for leading the way
Ax 'Em 1992 special thanks
Boyz n the Hood 1991 thanks
High Wire 1984 Documentary short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le vrai journal 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
2003 Trumpet Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson 2002 TV Series Himself
A Tribe Called Quest: The Video Anthology 2002 Video Himself (segment "Scenario")
New York at the Movies 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Independent View 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' 2002 Documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Films 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of 'Bamboozled' 2001 Video documentary
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter (uncredited)
Michael Jordan to the Max 2000 Documentary Himself
Arena 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
2000 Essence Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 2 - Cannes 1999 Video documentary Himself
El Magacine 1999 TV Series Himself
I'll Make Me a World 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Great Performances 1990-1998 TV Series Himself
The Chris Rock Show 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
4 Little Girls 1997 Documentary Interviewer (voice, uncredited)
10th Anniversary Essence Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
Split Screen 1997 TV Series Himself
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary Himself
Lumière et compagnie 1995 Documentary Himself (segment "Sarah Moon")
World AIDS Day Special 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Cinema 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Himself
Drop Squad 1994 Himself
The Essence Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hoop Dreams 1994 Documentary Himself - Film Director
The Cronkite Report: The Faltering Dream 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Seven Songs for Malcolm X 1993 Documentary
The Last Party 1993 Documentary Himself
Abbey Lincoln: You Gotta Pay the Band 1993 TV Movie Himself
Rock the Vote 1993 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief V 1992 TV Special Himself
Oliver Stone: Inside Out 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Our Hollywood Education 1992 Documentary Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988-1992 TV Series Himself
Siskel & Ebert 1992 TV Series Himself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short
Adieu, Babylone! 1992 Himself - Cineaste
Saturday Night Live 1991 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 TV Movie Himself
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 TV Movie Himself
Lonely in America 1990 Himself
America This Morning 1990 TV Series Himself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia 1990 TV Movie Himself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director & Best Screenplay
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
Decade 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Media Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Making 'Do the Right Thing' 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
First Works 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Debbie Allen Special 1989 TV Special Himself
21st NAACP Image Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
Branford Marsalis Steep 1988 Himself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1988 TV Series Himself - Guest
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
New York Framed 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Renegade Documentary post-production Himself
Anderson Cooper 360° 2016 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Mike & Mike 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Film Director
The Dr. Oz Show 2016 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 2016 TV Series Himself
Steve Harvey 2016 TV Series Himself
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall 2016 Documentary Himself
Good Morning America 2010-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
French cinema mon amour 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
The IMDb Studio 2015 TV Series short Himself
Weekend Today 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
IMDb: What to Watch 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Larry King Now 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
PBS NewsHour 2015 TV Series Himself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Today 1989-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Daily Show 2004-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2015 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Academy Originals: What Movies Mean to Me 2015 TV Mini-Series short Himself
Highly Questionable 2015 TV Series Himself
Champs 2015 Documentary Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2004-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Mo'ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl 2014 Documentary short Himself (voice)
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2014 TV Series Himself
Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing, 25 Years On 2014 TV Short documentary Himself
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee 2014 Documentary Himself
HuffPost Live Conversations 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Lineup: Best New York Movies 2014 TV Mini-Series Himself
Oprah's Next Chapter 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Bracket 2013 TV Series Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 2000-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2013 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
The Lineup: Best Sports Movies 2013 Short Himself - Panelist
The Hour 2012 TV Series Himself
25 Jahre BAD - Das Phänomen Michael Jackson 2012 Documentary Himself
UnderGround 2012 Documentary
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1995-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
ESPN Friday Night Fights 2012 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Himself
The BET Honors 2012 TV Movie Himself
Brooklyn Boheme 2011 Documentary Himself
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of 2010 Documentary Himself
We the People: From Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama 2010 Documentary
A Man's Story 2010 Documentary Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Himself
Guest 2010/II Documentary Himself
Who Do You Think You Are? 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Brian McKnight Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
30 for 30 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Everything Is Practice 2010 Short Himself
With All Due Respect 2009 TV Movie Himself
Newsnight 2009 TV Series Himself
I Believe in Miracles 2009 Video documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2009 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
PoliWood 2009 Documentary Himself
Bring Your 'A' Game 2009 Documentary short Himself - Director
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Showbiz Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
40 x 15 2008 Documentary Himself
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies 2008 Documentary Himself
Children of the Storm 2007 Documentary Himself - Host
Lights! Action! Music! 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
That's the Way It Is: Celebrating Cronkite at 90 2007 TV Movie documentary
Stars on Stars 2007 TV Series Himself
Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever) 2007 Documentary Himself
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Ali's 65 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pixote, in memorian 2007 Documentary Himself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith 2006 TV Series Himself
The 2006 Black Movie Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2005-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
This Week 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2004-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making 'Inside Man' 2006 Video short Himself
Chappelle's Show 2006 TV Series Himself
2006 MTV Movie Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ultimate Heist: Making 'Inside Man' 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
TV One on One 2006 TV Series Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Inside Men: Denzel & Spike - Man to Man 2006 TV Short Himself
HARDtalk Extra 2006 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
That's What I'm Talking About 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
CenterStage 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie Himself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... 2005 TV Series Himself
Movies That Shook the World 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
There Is No Direction 2005 Documentary short Himself
Street Fight 2005 Documentary Himself
Through the Fire 2005 Documentary Himself
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) 2005 Documentary Himself
Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
College Daze 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Making a Mark 2005 Video documentary short Himself
The Difference 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Comme au cinéma 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove 2004 Video documentary short Himself
No Fighting in the War Room or Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat 2004 Video short documentary Himself
Five Directors on 'The Battle of Algiers' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Film '72 2004 TV Series Himself
Film School 2004 TV Series Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Breakfast 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
34th NAACP Image Awards 2003 TV Special Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2016 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series Himself - At NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Democracy Now! 2016 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
Mike & Mike 2014 TV Series Himself
Twenty Feet from Stardom 2013 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
30 for 30 2012 TV Series documentary Mars Blackmon / Himself
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series Himself
Comedy Lab 2010 TV Series Himself
Cleanflix 2009 Documentary Himself
Filmania: Eiga no tatsujin 2009 TV Series Himself
New Orleans Story 2008 Documentary Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself / Himself (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Reinventando Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
La rentadora 2007 TV Series Himself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Mookie
Headliners & Legends: Denzel Washington 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Who Is Alan Smithee? 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Miles Davis Story 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Universal Story 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ghostwriter 1993 TV Series Special Agent Pete
Hollywood Mavericks 1990 Documentary Mookie

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA
2015 President's Award Image Awards
2015 New York Emmy New York Emmy Awards Interview/Discussion The Lineup: Best New York Movies (2014) · Roman Gackowski (director)
· Fran Healy (host)
· Dan Galway (producer)
· Michael D. Ratner (director)
· McKenzie Barney (producer)
· Matthew Hirschhorn (associate producer)
· Chris Kostianis (director of photography)
· Filipe Deandrade (camera)
· Lee Umphred (editor)
· Jeffrey Lyons (talent)
· John Leguizamo (talent)
· Edward Burns (talent)
· Mari White (talent)
2015 New York Emmy New York Emmy Awards Entertainment: Program/Special The Lineup: Best New York Movies (2014) · Roman Gackowski (director)
· Fran Healy (host)
· Dan Galway (producer)
· Michael D. Ratner (director)
· McKenzie Barney (producer)
· Matthew Hirschhorn (associate producer)
· Chris Kostianis (director of photography)
· Filipe Deandrade (camera)
· Lee Umphred (editor)
· Jeffrey Lyons (talent)
· John Leguizamo (talent)
· Edward Burns (talent)
· Mari White (talent)
2015 Humanitarian Award Satellite Awards
2014 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Director, TV Movie or Mini-Series Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013)
2012 Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award Venice Film Festival
2012 Future Film Festival Digital Award Venice Film Festival Bad 25 (2012)
2012 Biografilm Award Venice Film Festival Bad 25 (2012)
2011 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Television Documentary If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010)
2007 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director Inside Man (2006)
2007 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television Movie - Comedy or Drama Inside Man (2006)
2007 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2007 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) · Samuel D. Pollard (producer)
· Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
· Jacqueline Glover (supervising producer)
2006 Silver Bucket of Excellence Award MTV Movie Awards Do the Right Thing (1989)
2006 Venice Horizons Documentary Award Venice Film Festival When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2006 Human Rights Film Network Award Venice Film Festival When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2006 FIPRESCI Prize Venice Film Festival Parallel Sections When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2006 Special Achievement Award African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
2006 Black Movie Award Black Movie Awards Best Director Inside Man (2006)
2005 Ossie Davis Award Atlanta Film Festival
2004 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Hall of Shame She Hate Me (2004)
2004 Innovator Award American Black Film Festival
2003 Honorary César César Awards, France
2003 Hall of Fame Image Awards
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
2002 Special Award BAFTA Awards
2001 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film Love & Basketball (2000) · Sam Kitt (Producer)
2001 Maverick Tribute Award Cinequest San Jose Film Festival
1999 Inspiration Award Empire Awards, UK
1998 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture, Documentary 4 Little Girls (1997) · Samuel D. Pollard
1997 CINE Golden Eagle CINE Competition Documentary 4 Little Girls (1997)
1997 Special Mention Berlin International Film Festival Get on the Bus (1996)
1992 Filmmaker Award Gotham Awards
1991 Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention Cannes Film Festival Jungle Fever (1991)
1990 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Do the Right Thing (1989)
1990 Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award - Special Mention Venice Film Festival Mo' Better Blues (1990)
1989 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Do the Right Thing (1989)
1987 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature She's Gotta Have It (1986)
1986 Award of the Youth Cannes Film Festival Foreign Film She's Gotta Have It (1986)
1986 New Generation Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards She's Gotta Have It (1986)
1984 Audience Award Amiens International Film Festival Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
1983 Ernest Artaria Award Locarno International Film Festival Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
1983 Merit Award Student Academy Awards, USA Dramatic Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Independent Short 2 Fists Up (2016)
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Director, Motion Picture Chi-Raq (2015)
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original or Adapted Screenplay, Motion Picture Chi-Raq (2015) · Kevin Willmott
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Motion Picture Chi-Raq (2015)
2014 Hollywood Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Director Oldboy (2013)
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director Red Hook Summer (2012)
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted Red Hook Summer (2012) · James McBride
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Documentary Bad 25 (2012)
2011 IDA Award International Documentary Association Best Limited Series If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010) · Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
· Samuel D. Pollard (producer)
· Jacqueline Glover (supervising producer)
· Butch Robinson (line producer)
2010 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director Passing Strange (2009)
2010 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Documentary Great Performances (1971)
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) Passing Strange (2009)
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
2008 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
2008 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film Miracle at St. Anna (2008) · Roberto Cicutto
· Luigi Musini
2007 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Director (Miglior regia) Inside Man (2006)
2006 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director - Television Miracle's Boys (2005) · Bill Duke
· Ernest R. Dickerson
· Neema Barnette
· LeVar Burton
· Kevin Arkadie
2006 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director - Television Sucker Free City (2004)
2006 Venice Horizons Award Venice Film Festival Best Film When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Director She Hate Me (2004)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted She Hate Me (2004) · Michael Genet
2005 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Short Film Jesus Children of America (2005)
2005 BET Comedy Award BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Theatrical Film She Hate Me (2004)
2005 BET Comedy Award BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Theatrical Film She Hate Me (2004) · Michael Genet
2004 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Director (Miglior regia) 25th Hour (2002)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Director 25th Hour (2002)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film 25th Hour (2002) · Tobey Maguire
· Jon Kilik
· Julia Chasman
2003 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival 25th Hour (2002)
2002 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Network/Cable - Best Director A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
2002 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Network/Cable - Best Film 3 A.M. (2001) · Sam Kitt
2002 Un Certain Regard Award Cannes Film Festival Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002) · Kaige Chen
· Víctor Erice
· Werner Herzog
· Jim Jarmusch
· Aki Kaurismäki
· Wim Wenders
2001 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Director Bamboozled (2000)
2001 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) Bamboozled (2000)
2001 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film Bamboozled (2000) · Jon Kilik (Producer)
2001 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Love & Basketball (2000) · Gina Prince-Bythewood (director)
· Sam Kitt (producer)
2001 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Bamboozled (2000)
2000 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Director Summer of Sam (1999)
2000 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film The Best Man (1999) · Sam Kitt
· Bill Carraro
1999 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Summer of Sam (1999)
1999 Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival Summer of Sam (1999)
1999 Black Film Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Director He Got Game (1998)
1999 Black Film Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Screenplay He Got Game (1998)
1998 IDA Award International Documentary Association Feature Documentaries 4 Little Girls (1997) · Samuel D. Pollard
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Documentary Picture 4 Little Girls (1997) · Samuel D. Pollard
1998 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!) He Got Game (1998)
1998 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Documentary, Features 4 Little Girls (1997) · Samuel D. Pollard
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Non-Fiction Special 4 Little Girls (1997) · Samuel D. Pollard
· Daphne McWilliams (line producer)
· Jacqueline Glover (co-ordinating producer)
· Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
1998 Black Film Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Director 4 Little Girls (1997)
1997 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Get on the Bus (1996)
1995 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Clockers (1995)
1993 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Malcolm X (1992)
1993 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Malcolm X (1992) · Arnold Perl
1993 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Malcolm X (1992) · Arnold Perl (screenwriter)
· Alex Haley (author)
· Malcolm X (author)
1993 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Malcolm X (1992)
1992 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Jungle Fever (1991)
1991 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Jungle Fever (1991)
1990 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Do the Right Thing (1989)
1990 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Mo' Better Blues (1990)
1990 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Do the Right Thing (1989)
1990 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Do the Right Thing (1989)
1990 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Do the Right Thing (1989)
1989 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Do the Right Thing (1989)
1989 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Do the Right Thing (1989)
1980 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Short Film The Answer (1980)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Do the Right Thing (1989)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Director Do the Right Thing (1989)

TitleSalary
Malcolm X (1992) $3,000,000

#Fact
1 Friends with Bill Nunn.
2 He is left-handed.
3 Attended John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, New York. Director Larry Charles also went to Dewey, but graduated one year later.
4 Endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election of the United States.
5 Preparing to make a follow-up film to "When the Levees Broke" [January 2010]
6 He's good friends with Martin Scorsese.
7 Mentioned in the song "Light My Candle" from Jonathan Larson's musical Rent. He was also considered to direct the movie version of Rent before Chris Colubus was chosen.
8 Has directed 2 actors to Oscar-nominated performances: Danny Aiello (Best Supporting Actor, Do the Right Thing (1989)), and Denzel Washington (Best Actor, Malcolm X (1992)).
9 Nephew of Consuela Lee Morehead.
10 His favorite movie is The Deer Hunter (1978). It is the movie that inspired him to be a director.
11 Is a big fan of musicals from Hollywood's Golden Age.
12 Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2004.
13 The Lees bought their 9,800-sq.-ft. Italian palazzo-style home from Jasper Johns in 1998; it was originally built for a Vanderbilt.
14 Made the introduction of the song "The Church" on De La Soul's album "The Grind Date".
15 One of his classmate at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts was director Ang Lee. The Taiwan-born Lee worked on the crew of Spike's thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983).
16 When Norman Jewison was originally hired to direct Malcolm X (1992), Lee met with him and convinced him he needed to "sit this one out". Feeling that only a black director was qualified and would bring the necessary perspective, Lee then stepped in as director with Jewison's blessing.
17 Is a huge Arsenal fan and personal friend of team captain Thierry Henry. Is often known to wear Arsenal jerseys while on set.
18 Is a fan of Michael Moore's films. Bowling for Columbine (2002) was his favorite film of 2002.
19 Grandson of Zimmie Shelton, who helped finance his featurette, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983). She received a producing credit on the film, which went on to win a Merit Award at the Student Academy Awards.
20 Often casts real-life family members in his films. In Do the Right Thing (1989) , for example, he cast Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (real-life husband and wife), himself and Joie Lee (real-life siblings), and Danny Aiello and Rick Aiello (real-life father and son). Other films he does this in include School Daze (1988), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991) and Malcolm X (1992).
21 Was voted the 48th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
22 Has been trying for more than ten years to direct his dream project: a film about the life and times of Jackie Robinson. Says that he personally promised to Robinson's widow, Rachel Isum, to make the film. Another as-of-yet (2003) project he has often spoke of but has yet to do is a film on the boxing match between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.
23 Vied for the director's seat on Ali (2001). Says that he knew he wouldn't get the job after speaking to the movie's star, Will Smith (one of the many financiers on Lee's Get on the Bus (1996)), who wanted Lee to make a film with "a broader appeal".
24 Is now (2002) the Artistic Director of the graduate division of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The position gives Lee an advisory position, allowing him to teach and advise third year students, as well as aid with industry networking.
25 Was featured in numerous Nike campaigns in the early '90s
26 Was a Visiting Lecturer in Afro-American Studies and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University in the early 1990s.
27 The name of his production company, "40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks", came from an unfulfilled promise that many politicians made to freed slaves after the Civil War.
28 Between the making of his award-winning student short, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), and his debut feature, She's Gotta Have It (1986), Lee attempted to make a featured called "Messenger". Over $100,000 was raised, but the film never materialized.
29 He and producer/director Monty Ross are frequent collaborators and were classmates and graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
30 He has never learned how to drive an automobile.
31 His grandmother, Zimmie Shelton, helped fund his first full-length feature film, She's Gotta Have It (1986).
32 His grandmother, Zimmie Shelton, an alumna of Spelman College (class of 1929), sent him to Morehouse College, the historically black all-male institution affiliated with the all-female Spelman College.
33 Children, with Tonya Lewis Lee, Satchel (b. 1994) and Jackson (b. 1997).
34 Graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979.
35 Graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1982.
36 Serves as a master teacher of film at the Tisch School of the Arts and Harvard University.
37 After the Columbine high school shootings Spike said that National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston should be shot. Heston replied that if Spike wanted to take a shot at him he should go ahead and try it. Lee later apologized for the comments.
38 Friend of Soledad O'Brien.
39 Brother of Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee and David Lee.
40 Son of Bill Lee.
41 His production company is 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.
42 Big New York Knicks fan: Has courtside seats for all games. Partially responsible for the "off colored" baseball caps, as he started wearing a red Yankees cap during the 1996 World Series.
43 Cousin of Malcolm D. Lee.

#Quote
1 One thing I hope "School Daze" does is knock all this goddam "Black Woody Allan" shit put the window. Peop;r say I should take it as a , compliment. F__k dat. So often black artists are compared to whiter artists, To me it's saying that I've patterned myself after Woody, that my work is not original.
2 I had a great education. From kindergarten to John Dewey High School in Coney Island, I am public-school educated.
3 [advice to young people considering a show-business career] You've got to have heart and you've got to have drive. And when you get knocked down you've got to pick yourself up - put your hands up on the ropes and pull yourself to your feet. Because, if you can't take a hit, you're not going to last long, that's for sure.
4 [his advice for aspiring filmmakers] I hope they're doing it because they love it, not because they want to be rich or famous. Not that those things can't happen, but the main reason, the focus is, "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I love it." Not to say that you don't want to make money, but the passion should be driven by your love for that particular thing that you're doing. {2015]
5 [on why other companies passed on Chi-Raq (2015) before Amazon Studios] They never give you a reason; they just say, "It's not for us." My co-writer Kevin Willmott and I wrote the script and went to Sundance and everybody was saying no, no, no, no, no. Amazon said yes. I tell my students, "All it takes is one yes. You get a bunch of motherf-ing nos, but all it takes is one yes." [2015]
6 [on how independent filmmaking changed since he started] That might as well have been a million years ago. Filmmakers like Jim [Jim Jarmusch] and I, the only reason we went to film school was because of the equipment. We didn't care about the MFA. You went to film school to get the equipment. Now students look at the cost of going to schools and say, "I could use that money to buy my own camera and lighting kit." It's a new world. [2015]
7 Black people can't be racist. Racism is an institution.
8 [re Oldboy (2013)] Rage doesn't have to fester for years, but revenge? That stuff takes time. It's the oldest staple of films, in stories. It goes back to the Bible.
9 [on why he became a filmmaker] I had just finished my sophomore year, so I came back to New York trying to find a summer job. Couldn't find one, so with a super-8 camera that I had gotten, I just spent the whole summer shooting stuff around New York City. That summer happened to the summer of 'the blackout' and that summer was also the first summer of disco, and there were always block-parties around everywhere, and people would just plug up their tables to the streetlights. That was the first summer that 'the hustle' came out, so I made a film called 'Last Hustle Brooklyn', which I inter-cut with the looting from the blackout and the block-party stuff. That's when I really decided I wanted to become a filmmaker.
10 Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery. I know it's making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better. ... I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2009) and House of Payne (2006)), and I am scratching my head. We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep 'n' Eat?".
11 You gotta make your own way. You gotta find a way. You gotta get it done. It's hard. It's tough. That's what I tell my students every day in class. I've been very fortunate. Some people might call me a hardhead, but I'm not going to let other people dictate to me who I should be or the stories I should tell. That doesn't register with me.
12 [on the Academy Awards] What film won Best Picture in 1989? Driving Miss motherfucking Daisy! That's why [Oscars] don't matter. Because, 20 years later, who's watching Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
13 Racism is when you have laws set up, systematically put in the way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and so this is something that white America is going to have to work out themselves. If they decide they want to stop it, curtail it, or to do the right thing then it will be done, but not until then.
14 It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.
15 "Before, I used to think that everything was based on race. Now class matters just as much. If you are a poor person: black, white, Latino, whatever, the Bush Administration does not have your best interests at heart. If the Government thought poor people mattered, the response [to Katrina's disaster] would have been much quicker." (March 2006)
16 [Speaking out after the death of comedian Richard Pryor]: "He was an innovator and a trailblazer. It's a great loss".
17 You have to do the research. If you don't know about something, then you ask the right people who do. With She's Gotta Have It (1986), I don't think I got any revelation; it was just good to hear the women whom I interviewed confirm what I thought already.
18 Amongst black people, you have always heard it said that once a black man reaches a certain level, especially if you are an entertainer, you get a white trophy woman. I didn't make that up.
19 But actresses are asked to compromise themselves, not just from the director but the producer too - 'Are you going to show your tits or your ass?' They say that shit all the time. It is men making decisions. And of course they would rather have heads explode on screen than show a penis.
20 For me, a large part of Jungle Fever (1991) is about sexual mythology: the mythology of a white woman being on a pedestal, the universal standard of beauty, and the mythology about the black man as sexual stud with a ten-foot dick. Buying into the mythology is not a strong foundation for a relationship.
21 You just have to be on good terms with the actors and talk stuff out beforehand. A perfect example is She Hate Me - I had many different discussions with many different women, and also with [the actor] Anthony Mackie, so they knew. And this was before they even agreed to do the film. But actors want to know - 'Here, it says they make love. What type of acts are we talking about? What's going to be seen?' I have no problem with that. At the same time, I still want to allow myself some flexibility. But shooting a sex scene is very mechanical - 'Will you move this way? That way? Raise your leg?' And for the most part the crew isn't allowed to be there - I close the set, make it as comfortable as possible.
22 Agents aren't going to get you anywhere if you aren't established.
23 "I respect the audience's intelligence a lot, and that's why I don't try to go for the lowest common denominator." -- at the New York premiere of his media satire "Bamboozled".
24 Wim Wenders had better watch out 'cause I'm waiting for his ass. Somewhere deep in my closet I have a Louisville Slugger bat with Wenders' name on it.
25 Making films has got to be one of the hardest endeavors known to humankind. Straight up and down, film work is hard shit.
26 What's the difference between Hollywood characters and my characters? Mine are real.
27 I've been blessed with the opportunity to express the views of black people who otherwise don't have access to power and the media. I have to take advantage of that while I'm still bankable.

#Trademark
1 Frequently uses a technique he calls the "double dolly." This is where the camera and the subject are placed on a dolly and pushed through the scene. This makes the subject look like they are floating or gliding.
2 Often casts Denzel Washington and Michael Imperioli.
3 Baseball: Every one of his narrative feature films makes reference to baseball teams and players.
4 His films often have the phrase "Wake Up!" as in an urging to the awakening of maturity and social conscience.
5 Frequently has characters directly address the camera. Frequently places actors on dollies to achieve a gliding or rotating effect against the background of the shot.
6 Films called "A Spike Lee Joint"
7 His films frequently involve African Americans and African-American themes
8 Frequently casts John Turturro,Samuel L. Jackson, Delroy Lindo, Kim Director and Roger Guenveur Smith
9 Frequently casts himself

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