Film Series

By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective

 
 
Jun 29—Jul 10, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
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On the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking film Do the Right Thing, BAMcinématek and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences look back on nearly three decades of remarkable Spike Lee Joints. The writer-director-actor’s consistently surprising works display a boundless visual imagination, some of the most fearlessly intelligent discourse on race relations in American cinema, and an ability to infuse independent projects and big-budget blockbusters alike with his edgy, energetic style. All films directed by Spike Lee.


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PAST EVENTS
Film
Closing Night: Do the Right Thing—25th Anniversary
 

Celebrate Spike Lee's masterpiece at this landmark event, featuring Lee in person.

Sun, Jun 29, 2014
 
 
Film
School Daze
 

Spike Lee’s portrait of an all-black college is an audacious mix of comedy and commentary.

Mon, Jun 30, 2014
 
 
Film
Mo' Better Blues
 

The magnetic Denzel Washington stars as a jazz trumpeter headed for ruin.

Tue, Jul 1, 2014
 
 
Film
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
 

A barber tries to keep gangsters from moving in on his business in Spike Lee’s film.

Tue, Jul 1, 2014
 
 
Film
Jungle Fever
 

Spike Lee tackles interracial relationships in this electrifying drama.

Wed, Jul 2, 2014
 
 
Film
Crooklyn
 

Spike Lee returns to the neighborhood for a tale of growing up in Brooklyn in the 70s.

Wed, Jul 2, 2014
 
 
Film
25th Hour
 

This post-9/11 New York story follows a convict during his last 24 hours of freedom.

Thu, Jul 3, 2014
 
 
Film
She's Gotta Have It
 

Lee’s fearless feature debut takes a radical look at black female sexuality.

Fri, Jul 4, 2014
 
 
Film
Summer of Sam
 

Spike Lee’s portrait of NYC in the summer of 1977 explores community paranoia.

Fri, Jul 4, 2014
 
 
Film
Do the Right Thing
 

The streets of Bed-Stuy boil in Lee’s tale of tensions running high on the hottest day of the year.

Sat, Jul 5, 2014
 
 
Film
Malcolm X
 

Denzel Washington gives an electrifying performance as the iconic black nationalist.

Sun, Jul 6, 2014
 
 
Film
Girl 6
 

An actress finds the ultimate role as a phone-sex operator in Lee’s freewheeling fantasia.

Mon, Jul 7, 2014
 
 
Film
Clockers
 

A teen gets mixed up in drugs and murder in Lee’s gritty portrait of inner-city violence.

Mon, Jul 7, 2014
 
 
Film
Get On the Bus
 

A motley group of men converge on a bus in this entertaining road movie.

Tue, Jul 8, 2014
 
 
Film
4 Little Girls
 

Lee’s soul-shaking documentary is a moving portrait of children killed in a 1963 bombing.

Tue, Jul 8, 2014
 
 
Film
He Got Game
 

An imprisoned father tries to win over his basketball-star son in this electric drama.

Wed, Jul 9, 2014
 
 
Film
Bamboozled
 

 A “new millennium minstrel show” becomes a success in Spike Lee’s provocative satire.

Thu, Jul 10, 2014
 
 
Film
Spike Lee Presents: A Tribute to Ruby Dee
 

This special event honors the life of an extraordinary actress and civil rights activist.

Sun, Jun 29, 2014
 
 
Canceled