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The Keystone Honors Academy Presents - A Conversation With Spike Lee - Feb. 23th

February 3, 2011

The Keystone Honor Program presents a conversation with director, producer, and writer Spike Lee on February 23 in the auditorium of the Marian Anderson Music Center at 7pm. Persons interested in obtaining tickets to attend this event should contact Dr. Tara Kent, Dean of the Keystone Honors Academy, at tkent@cheyney.edu.

Without a doubt Spike Lee is talented and prolific, but he is probably best known for movies such as: She Has Got to Have It (1986); Do the Right Thing (1989); Malcolm X (1992); Girl 6 (1996); Summer of Sam (1999); When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts (2006) and Inside Man (2006).

Spike Lee, born Shelton Jackson Lee, founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks based on his childhood neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York in 1986. It followed the positive reaction to his first feature film, She Has Got To Have It, even though he had been making films since he was 20 years old.

Over the years, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks has assisted young actors and directors with a summer internship boot camp. Moreover, 40 Acres and a Mule has expanded to include other genres such as music. Spike Lee also believes in contributing back to his community and has a nonprofit organization, Project 40, which offers a variety of activities including donations to community sports venues and SAT preparation courses.

Spike Lee attended Morehouse College but graduated from New York University Film School in 1982. The film he completed for his graduate project, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, won a Student Academy Award. Spike Lee was born in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia.