Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

Ever since the pandemic darkened theaters earlier this year, sending the entire performing arts world into a catastrophic state of limbo, we've seen all manner of creative virtual substitutes: Digital dance seasons, clever musical mashups, a live-captured version of "Hamilton."

Many of...

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020

In a film festival season that’s been turned largely virtual, Spike Lee’s “American Utopia,”  a documentary of David Byrne’s concert musical and the opening-night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, has nevertheless supplied the giddy rush of live performance in a packed house. ...

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

One DP reunited with consummate filmmaker Spike Lee, expanding their collaborative relationship from short to long-form fare.

Another took on the second season of a show--not always a coveted proposition--but saw major creative opportunity which as it turns out came to fruition.

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Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2020

The HBO, Spike Lee–directed filmed version of the Broadway-acclaimed David Byrne’s American Utopia is the opening night presentation of the 45th Toronto International Film Festival® on Thursday, September 10. 

The film documents musical innovator and former Talking Heads frontman...

Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2020

Spike Lee was just 10 when Muhammad Ali, in 1967, refused to be drafted into the Vietnam. It wasn't his fight, Ali said then. The Vietnamese "never lynched me." 

Ali's stand, and the subsequent vitriol that came his way, made an enormous impression on Lee. His latest film, "Da 5 Bloods,"...

Monday, Jun. 1, 2020

It's not the first time that Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" has been freshly urgent, but Lee's 1989 film has again found blistering relevance in the wake of George Floyd's death.

On Monday, Lee released a short film titled "3 Brothers" connecting the death of Radio Raheem (played by...

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

American director Spike Lee will lead the jury of this year's Cannes Film Festival, the first black person to hold the post in the event's 73-year history.

Festival organizers hope Lee will "shake things up" among the world's cinema elite at the festival which runs May 12-23.  And anti-...

Sunday, Sep. 1, 2019

Three years ago, filmmaker Nate Parker came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from his college days that essentially derailed the release of his Nat Turner film "The Birth of a Nation." Now, with a new film about police brutality debuting at the Venice Film International Film Festival, he is...

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

It's a big week for Ruth E. Carter, who on Sunday could become the first African-American to win an Academy Award for costume design through her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in "Black Panther." But before that show, Carter will receive a career achievement award Tuesday at the 21st annual Costume...

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards convened at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday for this year's Oscar Nominees Luncheon, a gathering that gives honorees a chance to socialize at an event where everyone's name will be called and they'll get a moment onstage.

That moment is for the...

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