1. Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor.
2. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
3. Lee has received two Academy Award nominations, a Student Academy Award and an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and won numerous other awards, including an Emmy Award and the 2013 Gish Prize.
4. When he was a child, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York.
5. Lee enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college, where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn.
6. He took film courses at Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a BA in Mass Communication from Morehouse.
7. In 1991, Lee taught a course at Harvard about filmmaking and in 1993 he began to teach at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Film Program.
8. It was there that he received his Master of Fine Arts and was appointed Artistic Director in 2002.
9. With a budget of $175,000, he shot the film in two weeks.
10. When the film was released in 1986, it grossed over $7,000,000 at the U.S. box office.