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Brooklyn-raised filmmaker Spike Lee to speak at Pratt Institute

Free, Public Event Coincides with Black History Month

February 21, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Raised in Brooklyn, director Spike Lee, one of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated figures, will speak at Pratt Institute on Feb. 25 in honor of Black History Month. The filmmaker, producer and writer will speak to Pratt community members and the general public at this free event, sharing thoughts on his road to success, the themes that resonate through his work and the cultural impact of his career.

A Brooklyn native, Lee frequently incorporates the borough and relevant issues—such as gentrification, race relations, urban crime and poverty—into his movies, including his seminal Oscar-nominated 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” as well as in hit films such as “Clockers,” “He Got Game” and many others. Staying close to his roots, Lee located his production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, which supports independent and aspiring filmmakers, in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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Lee’s appearance is part of the new “Pratt Presents” program series, which features distinguished guests in a variety of formats.
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The Feb. 25 event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Pratt Institute, Memorial Hall Auditorium, 200 Willoughby Avenue, in Fort Greene. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance by emailing [email protected] with attendee name(s) and a contact phone number. Space is limited; there is a two-ticket limit per reservation.

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