Before he turned the heads of moviegoers with Do the Right Thing and She’s Gotta Have It, young filmmaker Spike Lee earned a Student Academy Award in 1983 for his first feature-length film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, his masters thesis at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Horace Long and Monty Ross are seen here in the film, which will have a rare public screening as part of our Spike Lee retrospective beginning on June 26 along with an exhibit of David C. Lee’s photography of Spike’s films in the Linwood Dunn Theater.

The Academy’s 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony will be held June 7th.

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