Spike Lee is a writer, director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of African American talent in cinema. His debut film, the independently produced comedy She’s Gotta Have It, earned him a Cannes Film Festival award in 1986. Other acclaimed films include Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and the epic drama, Malcolm X.
Lee has authored six books on the making of his films and has directed television commercials for clients including Nike, Levi’s and ESPN.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee graduated from Morehouse College then earned a master’s in film production from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.