Save the date: Saturday, February 26, 7 p.m.

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 ArtsWeek 2011. Lee’s talk will tie into the theme of ArtsWeek 2011, which is 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 that arts education can have on students. 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. Discovering a love of film, he went on to receive a master of fine arts degree (his grandmother helped him pay for the program) from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Today, in addition to his many other activities, Lee serves as an educator too, in his role as artistic director of the graduate film program at the Tisch School.

For more information about Spike Lee and his current projects, visit 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.


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 tickets per person.

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