September 11, 2006
Spike Lee added to Arts & Lectures season
By Scott Rappaport
UCSC's Arts & Lectures has added an appearance by renowned
filmmaker Spike Lee to its 2006-07 season. The event will take
place on Monday, November 27, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.
Photo courtesy of the Lavin Agency
Lee has recently been highly praised for his HBO documentary
When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts--a moving
portrait of New Orleans in the wake of the destruction wreaked
by Hurricane Katrina. His longtime editor Sam Pollard noted
that Lee's reputation helped get a camera crew into the city's
water-logged homes, allowing him to tell a complex story about
race, class, and politics that Pollard said has too often been
sensationalized or rendered in sound bites. This was a
story that Spike Lee knew he had to tell, Pollard added.
Lee gained national attention in 1986 with the hit independent
film She's Gotta Have It, a comedy about the many lovers
of an independent Brooklyn woman. The film established Lee's
reputation as a rising young black independent filmmaker, and
his outspoken African American perspective, as well as steady
output of acclaimed films, has kept him in the public eye ever
Lee's subsequent films continued to tell stories with racial
themes, including the Brooklyn drama Do The Right Thing
(1989); the jazz-tinged Mo' Better Blues (1990) with
Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes; the interracial romance
Jungle Fever (1993) with Snipes and Anabella Sciorra;
the biopic Malcolm X (1992) starring Washington and based
in part on the book by Malcolm X and Alex Haley; Summer of
Sam (1999) with John Leguizamo; the controversial racial
satire Bamboozled (2000); and the story of a New York
man about to go to prison, The 25th Hour (2002), starring
Spike Lee is the most significant African American filmmaker
of our time, said Michelle Witt, director of Arts &
Lectures. He has produced compelling and important work
about the tragedy in New Orleans.
Witt added that tickets will be available to Arts & Lectures
members from September 15 through 28 at the UCSC Ticket Office.
Beginning October 1, tickets will become available to the general
public at the Santa Cruz Civic Box Office. For more information,
call the UCSC Ticket Office at (831) 459-2159.