Two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee will discuss his life
and career, “Reel to Real,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Texas
Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive, on The University of Texas at Arlington
campus. Lee's films include “He Got Game,” “Inside Man,” “Malcolm X,”
“Mo Better Blues,” “Do the Right Thing” and “4 Little Girls.”Tickets
for Lee’s lecture are $15 for the public, $10 for faculty, staff and UT
Arlington Alumni Association members and $5 for UT Arlington students.
A $50 ticket, which includes a reception with Lee, is available in
limited supply. Call (817) 272-2963 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
also made a critically acclaimed miniseries for HBO called "When the
Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," telling the story of telling the
story of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina. The drum
arrangements for the documentary were created and played by Adonis
Rose, jazz artist in residence at UT Arlington and artistic director of
the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. Rose will lead the UTA Jazz Band in a
free jazz concert, “Music from the Films of Spike Lee,” at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8, in the Rosebud Theatre in the E. H. Herford University
Center, 300 W. First St.Rose has played with nine-time Grammy winning
trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, three-time Grammy winning vocalist Dianne
Reeves and jazz/pop entertainer Harry Connick Jr., a three-time Grammy
winner. After being forced to leave New Orleans due to Hurricane
Katrina, Rose settled in Fort Worth.
Following the concert there
will be a brief reception and then a screening of Lee’s film “Inside
Man” at 8 p.m., in the Rosebud Theatre. Academy Award-winner Denzel
Washington, Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and Academy Award-winner
Jodie Foster star in this intense and explosive crime thriller, where a
perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game
of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Owen), a determined
detective (Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda
(Foster.)A full day of free film screenings will be offered the day of
Lee’s lecture, beginning at 10 a.m. in room 148, Fine Arts Building,
700 Greek Row Drive.
The first film is “Malcolm X,” an epic
biography featuring Denzel Washington in a dynamic performance as the
black revolutionary leader. The film follows Malcolm's early days as a
Harlem hepcat, his time in prison and conversion there to Islam, his
family life, and his crusades to further the black race. Angela
Bassett, Al Freeman Jr., Albert Hall and Lee co-star.Beginning at 1
p.m. is “4 Little Girls,’ about the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing which
destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young girls
who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the
nation and a defining moment in the history of America's civil rights
movement. Lee tells the full story of the bombing, through
heart-wrenching testimonials from surviving members of the victims'
families, insights from Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Andrew Young,
Coretta Scott King and many others, and a rare and revealing interview
with former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.Following at 3 p.m. is “Do the
Right Thing,” a tale of bigotry and racial conflict in a multi-ethnic
community in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on the
hottest day of the year. It stars Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby
Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn and John Turturro.
This was the feature film debut of both Martin Lawrence and Rosie
Perez. Samuel L. Jackson also is featured.
Thursday of the week preceding Lee’s lecture, there will be a panel
discussion and screening of “When the Levees Broke.” at 7 p.m. in room
148 of the Fine Arts Building. The screening is a part of Assistant
Professor Narcel Reedus’ advanced film class, but will be open to the
public on a space available basis. “Act One,” which covers the events
that immediately preceded Katrina's onslaught of horror, with an
in-depth exploration of the Bush administration and FEMA's joint
failures to understand the potential calamity at hand, will be shown
Monday. The following night offers “When the Levees Broke: Act Two,”
followed Wednesday by “Act Three” and “Act Four” on Thursday.
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