MEDIA ALERT: Director Spike Lee to attend Cinetopia Film Festival


May 16, 2014

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Filmmaker Spike Lee to attend
Cinetopia International Film Festival

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Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Cinetopia International Film Festival is honored to welcome groundbreaking auteur Spike Lee for a special 25th anniversary screening of his film Do the Right Thing at the Michigan Theater on Friday, June 6. This invite-only event is made possible by a generous Michigan Theater donor.

Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. In 1989, with Do the Right Thing, he became the first African American to move decisively into the front rank of the film industry, while breaking new ground in his portrayal of the black community and creating a work that has since become a lasting testament to its time and place. Over a career that now spans three decades, he has gone on to make more than thirty films in every genre, including intimate family dramas, crime thrillers, historical epics, satires, musicals, and documentaries. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 45 films since 1983. Lee's work has been formally recognized by his peers throughout his career, earning him an Emmy Award, two Academy Award nominations, and the 2013 Gish Prize "for his brilliance and unwavering courage in using film to challenge conventional thinking."

Do the Right Thing, Lee's first Academy Award-nominated film, tells the story of a neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer. In addition to starring Lee in the lead role, Do the Right Thing features Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, with debuts by Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez.

Although the screening is by invitation only and has a maximum capacity of 200 attendees (including some area film students), Spike Lee fans will have two chances to score an invite:

Lee is the latest addition to a stellar line-up of filmmakers and stars who will attend Cinetopia, including directors John Sayles (Lone Star, Eight Men Out) and Tommy Oliver (the Cinetopia film 1982), actors David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck, Lincoln, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Hill Harper (CBS's CSI: NY, He Got Game, 1982), plus 30 additional special film guests from around the world.

Visit to buy passes and tickets, and to browse the full schedule.

About Cinetopia International Film Festival: Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Venice, and Toronto. The Cinetopia International Film Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our presenting sponsors the Knight Foundation, the MASCO Corporation Foundation, Toyota, AT&T and MGM Grand Detroit. Visit for more information.

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