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On a sweltering Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn, gaggles of film fans, black historians and political activists — not to mention Fort Greene locals — convened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater for closing night of the BAMCinemafest and a 25th anniversary screening of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAMcinematek.
Beforehand, Bam hosted a reception for the seemingly endless roll call of cast and crew in attendance, a convivial reunion for the stock company who collaborated on Lee’s treatise on racial tensions in Koch-era Bed-Stuy.
Of the ten-week location shoot, Lee’s sister Joie put it like this: “We were babies back then. We had no idea what we were in the middle of. I didn’t have the scope, the insight or the foresight… I had no idea. I knew it was explosive, but it »
- Steve Macfarlane
Yes, another day, another anniversary. But this one is quite noteworthy. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 on Monday. It is a film I first saw when I was young, but I wasn't at all ready for it. I saw it again in film school and noticed I had grown with it, but it still whipped up complex feelings (as only the best films can). I've revisited it a number of times over the years and come to cherish it as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever conjured, but the Academy frankly seemed like it was holding its nose just to give it the two nominations it received a quarter century ago. Kim Basinger had the right idea when the night of the Oscars came. "The best film of the year is not even nominated [for Best Picture] and it's 'Do the Right Thing,'" the "Batman" star said, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal film Do The Right Thing with writer-director Spike Lee and members of the film’s cast and crew at two special screening events:
June 27 in Los Angeles at the Bing Theater
June 29 in Brooklyn at the Bam Harvey Theater.
Lee’s groundbreaking third feature, set on a single block in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood on summer’s hottest day, features a large ensemble cast including Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and then-newcomers John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson and Rosie Perez. It earned Oscar nominations for Original Screenplay (Lee) and Best Supporting Actor (Aiello).
Los Angeles (Friday, June 27)
“Do the Right Thing” 25th Anniversary Screening and Conversation
8:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater on Lacma campus
Moderated by John Singleton
- Michelle McCue
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