More than 300 Brooklyn College students filled the Student Center on Feb. 25 to hear noted filmmaker Spike Lee deliver the keynote address for “Conversations on Race and Performance,” a discussion on the legacy of minstrel in modern-day television and film. The event was part of a Black History Month program, now in its second year, sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies.
As part of the program, Lee met earlier that day with close to 80 students in Introduction to Production (FILM 1201), taught by Mustapha Khan, an Emmy Award–winning visiting professor in the Department of Film.
Lee, who has directed, produced, written and acted in dozens of films over the past 30 years, is also a film professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his master of fine arts degree in film production. He founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, based in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, in 1986.
Next fall, the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema will enroll its first cohort of students. The product of a partnership between Brooklyn College and Steiner Studios, the school will be the only one in the country seamlessly integrated into a working film lot.
Famed filmmaker Spike Lee receives a New York City proclamation from Councilman Jumaane Williams ’95.
Excerps from BC Hot News March 5, 2013 and photos