Spike Lee Net Worth

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Spike Lee net worth:
$40 Million

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An enormous portion of his net worth comes from his participation into film business. His net is called an actor, film producer and director as well as a screen writer. Each one of these professions add a great deal to the overall number of Spike Lee net worth.

Spike Lee possesses his film production company that will be called “40 Acres and a Mule”. Since 1983, the generation firm made around 40 pictures which attained international success. In the amusement and cinema sector, the film producer is generally known by his nickname Spike. It had been given to the film while he was just a kid by his mom, who used to phone her son because manner from his youth. Spike Lee wed his wife Tonya Lewis with whom he lives in nyc. They’ve a daughter named Satchel.

Spike Lee produced his first ever movie while he was studying in Morehouse College in nyc. The movie was called “Last Hustle in Brooklyn”. There, Spike Lee graduated in the area of movie and television and got the level of Master of Fine Arts.

During his career in film, lots of pictures of Spike Lee have received numerous awards including an Academy Award that the producer received because of his movies “4 Little Girls” and “Do the Right Thing”. These pictures also raised the total amount of Spike Lee net worth.

In addition, the characters which he portrayed in his films involve some characteristics that are exactly the same in every picture, like ‘floating’ effect when the character is apparently gliding instead of walking in an ordinary manner or possess a theme of baseball.

The key subjects of his movies contain race differences, dark-skinned men and women in white and black communities, poverty and offenses inspired by the poverty. His pictures are recognized all across the planet and add enormous amounts of cash to Spike Lee net worth.

Spike Lee Net Worth $40 Million Dollars

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 20, 1957 age 58
Birth place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Profession:Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film Producer, Television Director, Television producer, Film Editor, Teacher
Education:John Dewey High School, Clark Atlanta University, Tisch School of the Arts, Morehouse College
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Tonya Lewis Lee (m. 1993)
Children:Satchel Lee, Jackson Lee
Parents:Bill Lee, Jacquelyn Lee
Siblings:Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee, David Lee, Arnold Lee, Chris Lee
Awards:Academy Honorary Award, Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Honorary César, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award, Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing - Nonfiction Programming, Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit - Documentary Filmmaking, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director, MTV Movie Silver Bucket of Excellence Award, Black Movie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Orizzonti Doc Award, Humanitarian Award, Black Movie Award for The Ossie Davis Humanitarian, The BET Honors Media Award
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Golden Bear, Golden Lion, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Grand Jury Prize, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Best Screenplay Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special, Silver Lion for Best Director, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director, Black Reel Award for Best Director, Silver Lion for Best Story and Screenplay, Golden Osella for Best Director
Movies:Chi-Raq, Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Oldboy, Inside Man, School Daze, He Got Game, Mo' Better Blues, Clockers, Bamboozled, 25th Hour, Crooklyn, Miracle at St. Anna, Summer of Sam, Get on the Bus, Red Hook Summer, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, She Hate Me, Girl 6, 4 Little Girls, The Original Kings of Comedy, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, Sucker Free City, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, Passing Strange, Bad 25, If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise, Lumière and Company, Kobe Doin' Work, Jim Brown: All-American, A Huey P. Newton Story, All the Invisible Children, Love & Basketball, Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet, The Best Man, Jesus Children of America, Concert For New York City, Saint John of Las Vegas, Freak, New Jersey Drive, 2 Fists Up, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, 3 A.M., HIStory on Film, Volume II, Last Hustle in Brooklyn, Lovers & Haters, Farewell, Babylon!, M.O.N.Y.
TV shows:Ghostwriter, She's Gotta Have It, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
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#Fact
1Friends with Bill Nunn.
2He is left-handed.
3Attended John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, New York. Director Larry Charles also went to Dewey, but graduated one year later.
4Endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election of the United States.
5Preparing to make a follow-up film to "When the Levees Broke" [January 2010]
6He's good friends with Martin Scorsese.
7Mentioned 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.
8Has 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)).
9Nephew of Consuela Lee Morehead.
10His favorite movie is The Deer Hunter (1978). It is the movie that inspired him to be a director.
11Is a big fan of musicals from Hollywood's Golden Age.
12Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2004.
13The Lees bought their 9,800-sq.-ft. Italian palazzo-style home from Jasper Johns in 1998; it was originally built for a Vanderbilt.
14Made the introduction of the song "The Church" on De La Soul's album "The Grind Date".
15One 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).
16When 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.
17Is a huge Arsenal fan and personal friend of team captain Thierry Henry. Is often known to wear Arsenal jerseys while on set.
18Is a fan of Michael Moore's films. Bowling for Columbine (2002) was his favorite film of 2002.
19Grandson 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.
20Often 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).
21Was voted the 48th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
22Has 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.
23Vied 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".
24Is 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.
25Was featured in numerous Nike campaigns in the early '90s
26Was a Visiting Lecturer in Afro-American Studies and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University in the early 1990s.
27The 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.
28Between 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.
29He and producer/director Monty Ross are frequent collaborators and were classmates and graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
30He has never learned how to drive an automobile.
31His grandmother, Zimmie Shelton, helped fund his first full-length feature film, She's Gotta Have It (1986).
32His 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.
33Children, with Tonya Lewis Lee, Satchel (b. 1994) and Jackson (b. 1997).
34Graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979.
35Graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1982.
36Serves as a master teacher of film at the Tisch School of the Arts and Harvard University.
37After 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.
38Friend of Soledad O'Brien.
39Brother of Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee and David Lee.
40Son of Bill Lee.
41His production company is 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.
42Big 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.
43Cousin of Malcolm D. Lee.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
She's Gotta Have It2017TV Series 10 episodes announced
Go Brasil Go!Documentary announced
Spike Lee's Lil Joints2015-2016TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall2016Documentary
Kevon Carter: We Gotta Do Better2015Video short
Chi-Raq2015
NBA 2K162015Video Game
Mo'ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl2014Documentary short
Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store2014TV Special documentary
Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife2014TV Special
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus2014
Amex Unstaged Pharrell Williams Live at the Apollo2014Video
Oldboy2013
Bad 252012Documentary
Red Hook Summer2012
Da Brick2011TV Movie
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise2010TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Passing Strange2009
Kobe Doin' Work2009TV Movie documentary
Great Performances1998-2009TV Series 2 episodes
Miracle at St. Anna2008
Lovers & Haters2007Short
M.O.N.Y.2007TV Movie
Shark2006TV Series 1 episode
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts2006TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
Inside Man2006
All the Invisible Children2005segment "Jesus Children of America"
Jesus Children of America2005Short
Miracle's Boys2005TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Sucker Free City2004TV Movie
She Hate Me2004
25th Hour2002
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet2002segment "We Wuz Robbed"
Jim Brown: All American2002TV Movie documentary
Come Rain or Come Shine2001Documentary short
The Concert for New York City2001TV Special documentary segment "Come Rain or Come Shine"
A Huey P. Newton Story2001TV Movie documentary
The Making of 'Bamboozled'2001Video documentary
Bamboozled2000
The Original Kings of Comedy2000Documentary
And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 12000Video video "Fight the Power"
Un matin partout dans le monde2000TV Short
Pavarotti & Friends 99 for Guatemala and Kosovo1999TV Movie documentary
Summer of Sam1999
John Leguizamo: Freak1998TV Special
He Got Game1998
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II1997Video documentary video "They Don't Care About Us"
4 Little Girls1997Documentary
Get on the Bus1996
Girl 61996
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel1995TV Series 1 episode
Lumière et compagnie1995Documentary
Clockers1995
Crooklyn1994
Malcolm X1992
Jungle Fever1991
Mo' Better Blues1990
Do the Right Thing1989
School Daze1988
She's Gotta Have It1986
Horn of Plenty1986TV Short
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads1983
Sarah1981Short
The Answer1980Short
Last Hustle in Brooklyn1979Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mo'ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl2014Documentary short executive producer
Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife2014TV Special executive producer
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus2014producer
Beats of the Beautiful Game2014Short executive producer
Manos sucias2014executive producer
Evolution of a Criminal2014Documentary executive producer
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth2013TV Movie executive producer
Oldboy2013producer
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You2012executive producer
Red Hook Summer2012producer
Da Brick2011TV Movie executive producer
Doubles with Slight Pepper2011Short executive producer
Pariah2011/Iexecutive producer
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise2010TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 1 episode
Dream Street2010executive producer
Saint John of Las Vegas2009executive producer
Kobe Doin' Work2009TV Movie documentary producer
Great Performances2009TV Series producer - 1 episode
Miracle at St. Anna2008producer
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts2006TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 2 episodes
All the Invisible Children2005producer - segment "Jesus Children of America"
Jesus Children of America2005Short producer
Sucker Free City2004TV Movie executive producer
She Hate Me2004producer
Good Fences2003TV Movie executive producer
25th Hour2002producer
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet2002producer - segment "We Wuz Robbed"
Jim Brown: All American2002TV Movie documentary producer
Home Invaders2001executive producer
3 A.M.2001co-executive producer / producer
Bamboozled2000producer
The Original Kings of Comedy2000Documentary producer
Love & Basketball2000producer
The Best Man1999producer
Summer of Sam1999producer
He Got Game1998producer
4 Little Girls1997Documentary producer
Get on the Bus1996executive producer
Girl 61996producer
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel1995TV Series producer - 1 episode
Clockers1995producer
Tales from the Hood1995executive producer
New Jersey Drive1995executive producer
Drop Squad1994executive producer
Crooklyn1994producer
Malcolm X1992producer
Coca Cola Pop Music Backstage Pass to Summer1991TV Special segment producer - segment "Fishbone"
Jungle Fever1991producer
Mo' Better Blues1990producer
Do the Right Thing1989producer
School Daze1988producer
She's Gotta Have It1986producer - as Shelton J. Lee
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads1983producer
She's Gotta Have It2017TV Series executive producer - 1 episode announced
Hollywood RenegadeDocumentary executive producer post-production
Off-Timeassociate producer post-production
Spike Lee's Lil JointsTV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 producer - 1 episode, 2016
Chi-Raq2015producer
NBA 2K162015Video Game executive producer
Spike Lee's Lil Joints and of the Son: The Legacy of David & Jackie Robinson2015TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Girl Is in Trouble2015executive producer
Touched with Fire2015executive producer
Cronies2015executive producer
Independent Lens2015TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
She's Gotta Have ItTV Series based upon story by - 1 episode, 2017 writer - 1 episode, 2017 announced
Chi-Raq2015written by
NBA 2K162015Video Game
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus2014screenplay
Red Hook Summer2012screenplay
She Hate Me2004screenplay
Bamboozled2000written by
Summer of Sam1999screenplay / writer
He Got Game1998written by
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel1995TV Series 1 episode
Clockers1995screenplay
Crooklyn1994
Malcolm X1992screenplay
Jungle Fever1991written by
Mo' Better Blues1990written by
Do the Right Thing1989written by
School Daze1988written by
She's Gotta Have It1986
Horn of Plenty1986TV Short
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads1983writer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Garden's Defining Moments2015-2016TV Mini-Series
Red Hook Summer2012Mr. Mookie
Life, in Hollywood: Homevideo2011Video
Just for Me Stories2001TV SeriesNarrator (voice)
3 A.M.2001Filmmaker
Lisa Picard Is Famous2000Spike Lee
Summer of Sam1999John Jeffries
Girl 61996Jimmy
Clockers1995Chucky
Crooklyn1994Snuffy
Ghostwriter1992TV SeriesSpecial Agent Pete
Malcolm X1992Shorty
Jungle Fever1991Cyrus
Mo' Better Blues1990Giant
Do the Right Thing1989Mookie
School Daze1988Half-Pint
Saturday Night Live1986TV SeriesMars Blackmon
She's Gotta Have It1986Mars Blackmon

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth2013TV Movie directed for stage
Una noche2012presents
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise2010TV Mini-Series documentary archive source - 1 episode
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America2004presenter

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chi-Raq2015producer: "Pray 4 My City"
Do the Right Thing1989lyrics: "Don't Shoot Me" / music: "Don't Shoot Me"

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise2010TV Mini-Series documentary still photographer - 1 episode
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads1983assistant camera

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
She's Gotta Have It1986
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads1983

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Come Rain or Come Shine2001Documentary short

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series segment director - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doomed to You2016TV Series very special thanks - 1 episode
Forever2016/IShort the producers wish to thank
Carmelo2015Short thanks
Your Love2014Short very special thanks
F to 7th2014TV Series short very special thanks - 8 episodes
Bump & Go2014Short special thanks
Surviving Cliffside2013Documentary very special thanks
Outpost2013Short very special thanks
Black Girl in Paris2013Short special thanks
La jaula de oro2013thanks
Mango Bajito2012very special thanks
Laff Mobb Presents2012TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Una noche2012the filmmaker wishes to thank
Violet & Daisy2011special thanks
Pariah2011/Iextra special thanks
Window on Your Present2010grateful acknowledgment
I Bet You2009special thanks for inspiration
Us: A Love Story2009Short very special thanks
Streetballers2009special thanks
Edge of Outside2006Documentary special thanks
Secuestro2005TV Short special thanks
Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze'2005Video documentary short special thanks
Date2004Short special thanks
El Delivery2004TV Short special thanks
The Living Silence2003Short special thanks
Five Deep Breaths2003Short special thanks
Snapped2001Short special thanks - as Shelton J. Lee
Chutney Popcorn1999special thanks
Dogma1999humble thanks
Nowhere Fast1997special thanks - as Shelton Lee
Clerks1994special thanks: for leading the way
Ax 'Em1992special thanks
Boyz n the Hood1991thanks
High Wire1984Documentary short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le vrai journal2003TV Series documentaryHimself
2003 Trumpet Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson2002TV SeriesHimself
A Tribe Called Quest: The Video Anthology2002VideoHimself (segment "Scenario")
New York at the Movies2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Independent View2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'2002DocumentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'Bamboozled'2001Video documentary
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
Michael Jordan to the Max2000DocumentaryHimself
Arena2000TV Series documentaryHimself
2000 Essence Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 2 - Cannes1999Video documentaryHimself
El Magacine1999TV SeriesHimself
I'll Make Me a World1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Great Performances1990-1998TV SeriesHimself
The Chris Rock Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
4 Little Girls1997DocumentaryInterviewer (voice, uncredited)
10th Anniversary Essence Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
Split Screen1997TV SeriesHimself
When We Were Kings1996DocumentaryHimself
Lumière et compagnie1995DocumentaryHimself (segment "Sarah Moon")
World AIDS Day Special1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Cinema1995TV Series documentaryHimself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
Drop Squad1994Himself
The Essence Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hoop Dreams1994DocumentaryHimself - Film Director
The Cronkite Report: The Faltering Dream1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Seven Songs for Malcolm X1993Documentary
The Last Party1993DocumentaryHimself
Abbey Lincoln: You Gotta Pay the Band1993TV MovieHimself
Rock the Vote1993TV MovieHimself
Comic Relief V1992TV SpecialHimself
Oliver Stone: Inside Out1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Our Hollywood Education1992DocumentaryHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1988-1992TV SeriesHimself
Siskel & Ebert1992TV SeriesHimself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short
Adieu, Babylone!1992Himself - Cineaste
Saturday Night Live1991TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MTV's 10th Anniversary Special1991TV MovieHimself
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan1991TV MovieHimself
Lonely in America1990Himself
America This Morning1990TV SeriesHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia1990TV MovieHimself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director & Best Screenplay
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood1990TV Special documentaryHimself
Decade1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Making 'Do the Right Thing'1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
First Works1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Debbie Allen Special1989TV SpecialHimself
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Branford Marsalis Steep1988Himself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1988TV SeriesHimself - Guest
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
New York Framed1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood RenegadeDocumentary post-productionHimself
Anderson Cooper 360°2016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Mike & Mike2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Film Director
The Dr. Oz Show2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2016TV SeriesHimself
Steve Harvey2016TV SeriesHimself
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall2016DocumentaryHimself
Good Morning America2010-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
French cinema mon amour2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The IMDb Studio2015TV Series shortHimself
Weekend Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
IMDb: What to Watch2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
PBS NewsHour2015TV SeriesHimself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2015TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Today1989-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Daily Show2004-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Academy Originals: What Movies Mean to Me2015TV Mini-Series shortHimself
Highly Questionable2015TV SeriesHimself
Champs2015DocumentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2004-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Mo'ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl2014Documentary shortHimself (voice)
Entertainment Tonight2008-2014TV SeriesHimself
Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing, 25 Years On2014TV Short documentaryHimself
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee2014DocumentaryHimself
HuffPost Live Conversations2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Lineup: Best New York Movies2014TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Oprah's Next Chapter2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Bracket2013TV SeriesHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2000-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2013TV MovieHimself - Presenter
The Lineup: Best Sports Movies2013ShortHimself - Panelist
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
25 Jahre BAD - Das Phänomen Michael Jackson2012DocumentaryHimself
UnderGround2012Documentary
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1995-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
ESPN Friday Night Fights2012TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20122012TV SpecialHimself
The BET Honors2012TV MovieHimself
Brooklyn Boheme2011DocumentaryHimself
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of2010DocumentaryHimself
We the People: From Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama2010Documentary
A Man's Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2010TV SeriesHimself
Guest2010/IIDocumentaryHimself
Who Do You Think You Are?2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Brian McKnight Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Everything Is Practice2010ShortHimself
With All Due Respect2009TV MovieHimself
Newsnight2009TV SeriesHimself
I Believe in Miracles2009Video documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
PoliWood2009DocumentaryHimself
Bring Your 'A' Game2009Documentary shortHimself - Director
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Showbiz Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
40 x 152008DocumentaryHimself
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies2008DocumentaryHimself
Children of the Storm2007DocumentaryHimself - Host
Lights! Action! Music!2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's the Way It Is: Celebrating Cronkite at 902007TV Movie documentary
Stars on Stars2007TV SeriesHimself
Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever)2007DocumentaryHimself
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Ali's 652007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pixote, in memorian2007DocumentaryHimself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
The 2006 Black Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
This Week2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2004-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making 'Inside Man'2006Video shortHimself
Chappelle's Show2006TV SeriesHimself
2006 MTV Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ultimate Heist: Making 'Inside Man'2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV One on One2006TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
Inside Men: Denzel & Spike - Man to Man2006TV ShortHimself
HARDtalk Extra2006TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2006TV Series documentaryHimself
That's What I'm Talking About2006TV Series documentaryHimself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X'2005Video documentary shortHimself
CenterStage2005TV Series documentaryHimself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2005TV MovieHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
Movies That Shook the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself
There Is No Direction2005Documentary shortHimself
Street Fight2005DocumentaryHimself
Through the Fire2005DocumentaryHimself
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)2005DocumentaryHimself
Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze'2005Video documentary shortHimself
College Daze2005Video documentary shortHimself
Making a Mark2005Video documentary shortHimself
The Difference2004Video documentary shortHimself
Comme au cinéma2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove2004Video documentary shortHimself
No Fighting in the War Room or Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat2004Video short documentaryHimself
Five Directors on 'The Battle of Algiers'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Film '722004TV SeriesHimself
Film School2004TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker2003Video documentary shortHimself
Breakfast2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
34th NAACP Image Awards2003TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself - At NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Democracy Now!2016TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Mike & Mike2014TV SeriesHimself
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
30 for 302012TV Series documentaryMars Blackmon / Himself
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Lab2010TV SeriesHimself
Cleanflix2009DocumentaryHimself
Filmania: Eiga no tatsujin2009TV SeriesHimself
New Orleans Story2008DocumentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
La rentadora2007TV SeriesHimself
80s2005TV Series documentaryMookie
Headliners & Legends: Denzel Washington2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Who Is Alan Smithee?2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Miles Davis Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Universal Story1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ghostwriter1993TV SeriesSpecial Agent Pete
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryMookie

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USA
2015President's AwardImage Awards
2015New York EmmyNew York Emmy AwardsInterview/DiscussionThe 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)
2015New York EmmyNew York Emmy AwardsEntertainment: Program/SpecialThe 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)
2015Humanitarian AwardSatellite Awards
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Director, TV Movie or Mini-SeriesMike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013)
2012Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker AwardVenice Film Festival
2012Future Film Festival Digital AwardVenice Film FestivalBad 25 (2012)
2012Biografilm AwardVenice Film FestivalBad 25 (2012)
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Television DocumentaryIf God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010)
2007Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorInside Man (2006)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television Movie - Comedy or DramaInside Man (2006)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for Nonfiction ProgrammingWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsExceptional Merit in Nonfiction FilmmakingWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)· Samuel D. Pollard (producer)
· Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
· Jacqueline Glover (supervising producer)
2006Silver Bucket of Excellence AwardMTV Movie AwardsDo the Right Thing (1989)
2006Venice Horizons Documentary AwardVenice Film FestivalWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2006Human Rights Film Network AwardVenice Film FestivalWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2006FIPRESCI PrizeVenice Film FestivalParallel SectionsWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2006Special Achievement AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsBest DirectorInside Man (2006)
2005Ossie Davis AwardAtlanta Film Festival
2004WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsHall of ShameShe Hate Me (2004)
2004Innovator AwardAmerican Black Film Festival
2003Honorary CésarCésar Awards, France
2003Hall of FameImage Awards
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
2002Special AwardBAFTA Awards
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmLove & Basketball (2000)· Sam Kitt (Producer)
2001Maverick Tribute AwardCinequest San Jose Film Festival
1999Inspiration AwardEmpire Awards, UK
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Motion Picture, Documentary4 Little Girls (1997)· Samuel D. Pollard
1997CINE Golden EagleCINE CompetitionDocumentary4 Little Girls (1997)
1997Special MentionBerlin International Film FestivalGet on the Bus (1996)
1992Filmmaker AwardGotham Awards
1991Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special MentionCannes Film FestivalJungle Fever (1991)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorDo the Right Thing (1989)
1990Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award - Special MentionVenice Film FestivalMo' Better Blues (1990)
1989LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorDo the Right Thing (1989)
1987Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureShe's Gotta Have It (1986)
1986Award of the YouthCannes Film FestivalForeign FilmShe's Gotta Have It (1986)
1986New Generation AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsShe's Gotta Have It (1986)
1984Audience AwardAmiens International Film FestivalJoe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
1983Ernest Artaria AwardLocarno International Film FestivalJoe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
1983Merit AwardStudent Academy Awards, USADramaticJoe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Independent Short2 Fists Up (2016)
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Director, Motion PictureChi-Raq (2015)
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Original or Adapted Screenplay, Motion PictureChi-Raq (2015)· Kevin Willmott
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Motion PictureChi-Raq (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest DirectorOldboy (2013)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorRed Hook Summer (2012)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Screenplay, Original or AdaptedRed Hook Summer (2012)· James McBride
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DocumentaryBad 25 (2012)
2011IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationBest Limited SeriesIf 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)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorPassing Strange (2009)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DocumentaryGreat Performances (1971)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)Passing Strange (2009)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorMiracle at St. Anna (2008)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmMiracle at St. Anna (2008)· Roberto Cicutto
· Luigi Musini
2007IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Director (Miglior regia)Inside Man (2006)
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Director - TelevisionMiracle's Boys (2005)· Bill Duke
· Ernest R. Dickerson
· Neema Barnette
· LeVar Burton
· Kevin Arkadie
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Director - TelevisionSucker Free City (2004)
2006Venice Horizons AwardVenice Film FestivalBest FilmWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorShe Hate Me (2004)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Screenplay, Original or AdaptedShe Hate Me (2004)· Michael Genet
2005Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmJesus Children of America (2005)
2005BET Comedy AwardBET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Theatrical FilmShe Hate Me (2004)
2005BET Comedy AwardBET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Theatrical FilmShe Hate Me (2004)· Michael Genet
2004IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Director (Miglior regia)25th Hour (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Director25th Hour (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Film25th Hour (2002)· Tobey Maguire
· Jon Kilik
· Julia Chasman
2003Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film Festival25th Hour (2002)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best DirectorA Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Film3 A.M. (2001)· Sam Kitt
2002Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalTen Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)· Kaige Chen
· Víctor Erice
· Werner Herzog
· Jim Jarmusch
· Aki Kaurismäki
· Wim Wenders
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best DirectorBamboozled (2000)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)Bamboozled (2000)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmBamboozled (2000)· Jon Kilik (Producer)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureLove & Basketball (2000)· Gina Prince-Bythewood (director)
· Sam Kitt (producer)
2001Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBamboozled (2000)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best DirectorSummer of Sam (1999)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmThe Best Man (1999)· Sam Kitt
· Bill Carraro
1999Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorSummer of Sam (1999)
1999Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalSummer of Sam (1999)
1999Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest DirectorHe Got Game (1998)
1999Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ScreenplayHe Got Game (1998)
1998IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationFeature Documentaries4 Little Girls (1997)· Samuel D. Pollard
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Documentary Picture4 Little Girls (1997)· Samuel D. Pollard
1998Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!)He Got Game (1998)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Documentary, Features4 Little Girls (1997)· Samuel D. Pollard
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Non-Fiction Special4 Little Girls (1997)· Samuel D. Pollard
· Daphne McWilliams (line producer)
· Jacqueline Glover (co-ordinating producer)
· Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
1998Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Director4 Little Girls (1997)
1997Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalGet on the Bus (1996)
1995Golden LionVenice Film FestivalClockers (1995)
1993CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMalcolm X (1992)
1993CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayMalcolm X (1992)· Arnold Perl
1993USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardMalcolm X (1992)· Arnold Perl (screenwriter)
· Alex Haley (author)
· Malcolm X (author)
1993Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalMalcolm X (1992)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorJungle Fever (1991)
1991Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalJungle Fever (1991)
1990PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesDo the Right Thing (1989)
1990Golden LionVenice Film FestivalMo' Better Blues (1990)
1990OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenDo the Right Thing (1989)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureDo the Right Thing (1989)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureDo the Right Thing (1989)
1989Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalDo the Right Thing (1989)
1989NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayDo the Right Thing (1989)
1980Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmThe Answer (1980)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayDo the Right Thing (1989)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorDo the Right Thing (1989)

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

#Quote
1One 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.
2I 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]
7Black 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.
10Each 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?".
11You 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).
13Racism 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.
14It 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".
17You 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.
18Amongst 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.
19But 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.
20For 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.
21You 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.
22Agents 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".
24Wim 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.
25Making films has got to be one of the hardest endeavors known to humankind. Straight up and down, film work is hard shit.
26What's the difference between Hollywood characters and my characters? Mine are real.
27I'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
1Frequently 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.
2Often casts Denzel Washington and Michael Imperioli.
3Baseball: Every one of his narrative feature films makes reference to baseball teams and players.
4His films often have the phrase "Wake Up!" as in an urging to the awakening of maturity and social conscience.
5Frequently has characters directly address the camera. Frequently places actors on dollies to achieve a gliding or rotating effect against the background of the shot.
6Films called "A Spike Lee Joint"
7His films frequently involve African Americans and African-American themes
8Frequently casts John Turturro,Samuel L. Jackson, Delroy Lindo, Kim Director and Roger Guenveur Smith
9Frequently casts himself

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