Spike Lee receives the American Film Library Award | Festivals and awards

Hosted by Jodie Foster, who starred in Lee’s 2006 thriller, “Inside Man,” the ceremony featured heartfelt tributes from many of the filmmaker’s beloved collaborators, who spoke in pairs to reveal her idiosyncrasies. genius. Guests included “Chi-Raq” star Angela Bassett, “Malcolm X” editor-in-chief Barry Alexander Brown, “Bamboozled” costume designer Ruth E. Carter, “BlacKkKlansman” casting director Kim Coleman, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler (one of Lee’s former NYU students), director of “Mo ‘Better Blues” photography Ernest Dickerson, “Do the Right Thing” producer Jon Kilik, director of “4 Little Girls” photograph Ellen Kuras, “Do the Right Thing” star Rosie Perez, “Jungle Fever” editor Sam Pollard, “Clockers” casting director Robi Reed, “Do the Right Thing” producer Monty Ross and ” She’s Gotta Have It “She’s Gotta Have It” production designer Wynn Thomas.

“You have to work at your craft, whatever it is – you have to work, you have to work, you have to work,” Lee said in a conversation with Foster. “If you like what you’re doing you can delay Father Time, so I got more joints make. At the very beginning, I wanted to build a body of work because I noticed that the artists I admired continued to build their body. It wasn’t just a one-off thing. Over the years, they continued to work on their craft. For me, that was the model. “

The director also paid tribute to the star of his acclaimed latest narrative feature film, “Da 5 Bloods,” Chadwick Boseman (who played a heroic platoon leader), saying can’t pitch anyone. It is described as mythical. You’re talking about a guy who played Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, Black Panther. Boseman’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ co-stars – Norm Lewis, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock Jr. – appeared together to virtually give Lee his prize.

“There are filmmakers who create entertainment for the world. And there are those who create commentary for our world,” said Jonathan Majors. “Personally, I don’t know another person who creates so naturally and honestly both time and time again. Hope all artistic artists grow in their craft, Spike, but you started with compassion, courage and truth. Vision fierce before anyone knows who you are, and the passion before anyone knows you are. I know on the pitch side at the Knicks game and spending time with you, and having a beer with you in Thailand, you don’t speak through your art, you speak through your humanity. “

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