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Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011

Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee highlights ArtsWeek 2011

UPDATE: This event is sold out. All tickets for Spike Lee have been distributed.

WHAT: Spike Lee Lecture, presented by: ArtsWeek; City of Bloomington Mayor's Office; Ivy Tech Community College; IU Auditorium; IU Cinema; College of Arts and Sciences; Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; Kelley School of Business; Office of the President; Office of the Provost; School of Public and Environmental Affairs; School of Education; and University Information Technology Services
WHEN: Feb. 26, 2011, 7 p.m. (Lee will also meet with area middle- and high-school students in the afternoon at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.)
WHERE: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St. For more information call 812-855-1103
TICKETS: Free. General admission tickets for Lee's lecture will be issued to IU Bloomington students with a valid student ID beginning Monday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at the IU Auditorium Box Office. Non-IU students and the public will be able to obtain free general admission tickets beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. at the IU Auditorium Box Office. There will be a ticket limit of eight per person.

Feb. 2, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Award-winning film director Spike Lee, among the best-known filmmakers today, will appear at IU Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 26, as the signature event of the 27th annual ArtsWeek.

Earlier in the day, Lee also will spend time in conversation with Bloomington-area middle and high school students at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

Spike Lee

Photo by David Shankbone

Spike Lee

Lee's talk will tie in to the theme of ArtsWeek 2011,"ArtsTeach."

The creator of numerous films, including Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It and Malcolm X, Lee's life is a prime example of the power of an arts education. Lee credits his mother, a teacher (who died when he was 19), and especially his art-teacher grandmother, for giving him the drive to become the filmmaker he is today. Lee was barely making it in college when he received a Super 8 camera as a gift. He discovered a love of film and went on to receive a master of fine arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (his grandmother helped him pay for the program). Today, in addition to his many other activities, Lee serves as artistic director of the graduate film program at the Tisch School.

Lee's most recent project is the four-hour, two-part documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, which debuted in 2010 on HBO. The film, about the recent Super Bowl-highs and British Petroleum-lows of New Orleans, is a follow-up to Lee's Emmy Award-winning 2006 documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts about the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Twenty years ago, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing brought serious issues in the African American community to light and established Lee as a major director in American cinema. Earlier this year, Lee and co-author Jason Matloff published the book Do the Right Thing (AMMO Books), an insider's look at the film, with behind-the-scenes images and interviews.

"Having recently celebrated the opening of the new IU Cinema, we are delighted that our featured ArtsWeek guest is one of the most prolific and successful filmmakers of the last three decades," said IU Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "Spike Lee's feature films and documentaries have often dealt with controversial social and political issues. His works, which insightfully explore a range of views of the world, show decisively how this art can enhance our understanding of people and the society in which we live."

Lee is also a creator of children's books with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee. Their latest book for children, Giant Steps to Change the World, encourages children with the words and deeds of figures such as Jesse Owens, Mother Teresa and Barack Obama. In a recent interview on the "Today" show regarding the book, Lee said, "Inspiration comes from everywhere. . . . We all have gifts, we just have to cultivate those gifts and be given opportunities to use those gifts in this world."

IU Bloomington's Office of the Vice Provost for Research coordinates ArtsWeek, with participation from the larger university and City of Bloomington communities.

About ArtsWeek

Begun in 1984, ArtsWeek is a significant annual showcase for the creative work of artists from Indiana University and the city of Bloomington, with prestigious performers, artists, and writers from across the country taking part. For more information and a complete schedule of events, see the