Feb. 7, 1997

Spike Lee to visit

Film director Spike Lee will speak at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Lied Center. His address is part of the KU student lecture series.

Student tickets are $2 with KU identification card and will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Student Union Activities box office, Kansas Union, 864-3477. There is a limit of two tickets per ID. General admission tickets are $5 and will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Lee has established himself as one of Hollywood's most innovative and prolific filmmakers in the past decade. His 10th feature film, Get On the Bus, about the Million Man March on Washington, D.C, opened in fall 1996. Some of his best known films include Malcolm X, Clockers, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Crooklyn.

In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy She's Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film festival and set him at the forefront of the Black Wave in American cinema.

His 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay and also received the Best Film and Best Director awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

In addition to his achievement in feature films, Lee has produced and directed music videos for such artists as Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker, Public Enemy, Bruns Hornsby and Michael Jackson.

Lee's commercial work began in 1988 with his Nike Air Jordan campaign, where he collaborated with professional basketball star Michael Jordon on seven commercials. He is also well-known for his Levi's Button-Fly 501, AT&T and ESPN television commercials.

His lecture is sponsored by the SUA Forum Committee and the KU Student Senate.

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