Two Sides of Spike

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Two Sides of Spike

blog_tony.jpgAnyone hoping to see sparks fly at last week’s Silverdocs award presentation would have been disappointed — at least at first.  A packed crowd gathered at the AFI theater in Silver Springs to watch Spike Lee receive the prestigious Guggenheim Symposium award.  The director was so mild-mannered and soft-spoken (the Denver Post’s Lisa Kennedy actually struggled to draw him out in a one-on-one conversation), it was hard to imagine he was the same man given to angry outbursts like the ones he recently aimed against Clint Eastwood. Among other things, Lee discussed two of his upcoming documentary projects, one that he recently started shooting on Kobe Bryant, and another one on Michael Jordan.

When the subject turned to Barack Obama, however, Lee was a man on fire. “Things are gonna change!” he boomed to rapturous applause. “It’s gonna be a real chocolate city,” he continued, to more applause. “P-Funk!” he bellowed.

Above: Spike Lee at Cannes.
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