Filmmaker Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia on March 20, 1957. There, he attended Morehouse College before earning a masters degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Lee broke onto the film making scene in 1986 with “She’s Gotta Have It,” which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. His next film, “School Daze,” was very successful and launched the careers of several young actors. “Do the Right Thing,” released in 1989, was nominated for three Academy Awards - Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. Other critically and financially successful Lee films include “Jungle Fever,” “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Clockers,” and “Malcolm X.” Lee has also produced music videos and a number of highly popular commercials for Nike, resurrecting his character Mars Blackmon from “She’s Gotta Have It.”
In 2011, Lee won a prestigious Peabody Award for “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise,” an HBO documentary on New Orleans’ ongoing recovery five years after Hurricane Katrina.