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BROOKLYN PAYS TRIBUTE TO VISIONARY FILMMAKER SPIKE LEE
Three-day event marks the 20th anniversary of Lee's "Do the Right Thing"
Brooklyn, New York, June 24, 2009 – Respected Brooklyn businesses and cultural institutions will come together for the three-day tribute Brooklyn Honors Spike Lee. Set at various locations for June 25-27, 2009, the event aims to celebrate the influence and scope of Lee's work and its impact in arts, media, fashion and
Highlighting the event will be Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's proclamation of June 30, 2009 as "Spike Lee Day". This will mark the 20th anniversary of Lee's third film Do The Right Thing, which was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Organized by marketing and production company PlanIt Brooklyn, several noteworthy Brooklynites have agreed to lend their talents to the host of events including: Nelson George, Kevin Powell, Michaela Angela Davis, Roger Guenveur Smith, Danny Simmons, Council Member Letitia James, and Fab 5 Freddy.
A summary of events follows:
• We've Gotta Have It!: Art Inspired by Spike Lee – Salena Gallery, Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, Thursday, June 25, 2009, 6PM
• The Man & the Brand: Spike Lee Panel – Spike Lee Screening Room, Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, Thursday, June 25, 2009, 7PM
• No Jheri Curls & No Drugs: A David Lee Photo Exhibit – Brooklyn Historical Society, Friday, June, 26, 2009, 6PM
• Buggin’ Out: Poetry Inspired by Spike Lee – Brooklyn Historical Society, Friday, June, 26, 2009, 7PM
• He Got Game: Father & Son Basketball Tournament – McLaughlin "Tillary" Park, Saturday, June 27, 2009, 5PM
Although Lee's films have served as turning points for Brooklyn's neighborhoods and can be directly linked to the emerging cultural regeneration known as “The Brooklyn Renaissance”, Brooklyn Honors Spike Lee will be the first borough-wide celebration honoring the living legend. Brooklyn Honors Spike Lee is not produced by Spike Lee, 40 Acres & and A Mule Filmworks or Spike DDB.
For more information about Brooklyn Honors Spike Lee, please visit www.wheresmars.com.
About PlanIt Brooklyn
PlanIt Brooklyn is an innovative marketing & production company, built to develop Brooklyn into an international arts and culture mecca. With expertise in trendsetting, global and popular culture, the company creates unique programming and uses non-traditional promotional tactics to engage audiences.