THE ART OF EDITING SPIKE LEE DOCUMENTARIES
In 1996, Spike Lee embarked on his first feature-length documentary project, enlisting his frequent collaborator, Sam Pollard, to serve as the film’s editor and producer. 4 Little Girls, which revisits the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, went on to earn a 1997 Oscar nomination for Documentary Feature. In this clip from the Academy’s new Visual History Program Collection, Pollard discusses the creative liberation he experienced while working with Lee on his narrative and documentary films, and why he believes 4 Little Girls represents his greatest achievement as an editor.
4 Little Girls screens Sunday, July 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the Linwood Dunn Theater as part of the Academy’s month-long celebration of Lee’s career, “By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective.” In conjunction with the retrospective, an on-set photography exhibit titled “Wake Up!” by David Lee, Spike Lee’s brother, will be on display in the Linwood Dunn Theater Lobby Gallery.
Established in 2012, the Academy’s Visual History Program records oral histories with notable figures in the motion picture industry. The collection includes 43 interviews totaling more than 170 hours of video recorded material. For access to the material, please contact the Film Archive Public Access Center at (310) 247-3016, ext. 3380, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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