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.
Celebrate Spike Lee's masterpiece at this landmark event, featuring Lee in person.
Spike Lee’s portrait of an all-black college is an audacious mix of comedy and commentary.
The magnetic Denzel Washington stars as a jazz trumpeter headed for ruin.
A barber tries to keep gangsters from moving in on his business in Spike Lee’s film.
Spike Lee tackles interracial relationships in this electrifying drama.
Spike Lee returns to the neighborhood for a tale of growing up in Brooklyn in the 70s.
This post-9/11 New York story follows a convict during his last 24 hours of freedom.
Lee’s fearless feature debut takes a radical look at black female sexuality.
Spike Lee’s portrait of NYC in the summer of 1977 explores community paranoia.
The streets of Bed-Stuy boil in Lee’s tale of tensions running high on the hottest day of the year.
Denzel Washington gives an electrifying performance as the iconic black nationalist.
An actress finds the ultimate role as a phone-sex operator in Lee’s freewheeling fantasia.
A teen gets mixed up in drugs and murder in Lee’s gritty portrait of inner-city violence.
A motley group of men converge on a bus in this entertaining road movie.
Lee’s soul-shaking documentary is a moving portrait of children killed in a 1963 bombing.
An imprisoned father tries to win over his basketball-star son in this electric drama.
A “new millennium minstrel show” becomes a success in Spike Lee’s provocative satire.
This special event honors the life of an extraordinary actress and civil rights activist.