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Lee, Spike

Summary Article: Lee, Spike from Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia
Spike Lee has been one of the most prolific and controversial filmmakers working in American cinema over the past three decades. He occupies a special position in film history as one of the only African American directors to work steadily on films of his own choosing, maintain his creative autonomy, and showcase his work through mainstream studio outlets. Shelton Jackson Lee was born to musician/composer Bill Lee and schoolteacher Jacquelyn Shelton on March 27, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. The family moved to Brooklyn, New York, while Lee was still young. Growing up in New York seems to have influenced his filmmaking, as the city serves as the backdrop for most of his films. Lee enrolled at his father's alma mater, Morehouse College, in 1975. Many of his experiences there were dramatized in his film School Daze (1988). After graduating, Lee entered the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. A friendship between Lee and another black filmmaker, Ernes...    Continue Reading

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