By Any Means Necessary:

A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective

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Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads - A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective

Introduced by Russell Gewirtz.

An extremely rare screening of Lee's Student Academy Award-winning film!

Spike Lee, Student Academy Award Winner (1983), and Ronald Neame.

Lee won a Student Academy Award for this hour-long film, which he made as his master’s thesis for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Monty Ross (who would go on to co-produce several of Lee’s features, including Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X) plays a Brooklyn barbershop owner who must decide whether to allow racketeers access to his shop in order to keep his business open. The black-and-white cinematography was the work of Ernest Dickerson, while Lee and Dickerson’s fellow NYU student, Ang Lee, served as assistant director. The acclaimed film also became the first student effort to be screened in Lincoln Center’s prestigious New Directors/New Films festival.

1983, 60 minutes, color, DCP | Written by Spike Lee; directed by Spike Lee; with Monty Ross, Donna Bailey, Stuart Smith, Tommy Redmond Hicks, Horace Long.


Event Information

Friday, July 25 at 9:45 p.m.
Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

$5 general admission
$3 Academy members and students with a valid ID.

Tickets will be available Friday, June 27 .
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"Inside Man" screens on the same night at 7:30 p.m.

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