Chapter 17 of 19 from Spike Lee

Film as an Agent of Change

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Spike discusses the filmmaker’s responsibility to bring diversity to the film industry—both on screen and behind the scenes.

Topics include: American Cinema and the History of Denigration • Re-Examining the Myth of American Greatness • Spike’s Cinematic Mission • Holding the Mirror to Society • Redefining the Industry

Spike Lee

Spike Lee Teaches Independent Filmmaking

Academy Award–winning filmmaker Spike Lee teaches his approach to directing, writing, and producing.

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Make films with an impact

Spike Lee didn’t just direct his award-winning 1986 feature debut, She’s Gotta Have It. He was also the writer, star, truck driver, location scout, electrician, and caterer—because that’s what it took to get his film made. In his first-ever online class, the visionary behind Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and BlacKkKlansman lets you in on his uncompromising approach to filmmaking. Learn about writing, self-producing, working with actors, and making movies that break down barriers.

Spike Lee opens the doors of his Brooklyn office to teach filmmaking through scripts and storyboards from some of his greatest films.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps, assignments, and supplemental material.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Spike will answer select student questions.

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Spike Lee

Spike Lee Teaches Independent Filmmaking