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A Spike Lee Joint

Every Fri., Sat., and Sun. from June 3-26
Time Varies
$8
Film
The defiantly provocative and intensely personal films of Spike Lee stand as anomalous visions that challenged the status quo by offering a perspective of America that was far different than what viewers were accustomed to seeing at the local multiplex. These groundbreaking early works are the focus of A Spike Lee Joint, Trylon microcinema's month-long salute to one of the most influential African American filmmakers in cinema history. The series begins with the galvanizing Do the Right Thing (1989), the film that brought Lee to mainstream attention with its unflinching depiction of neighborhood racial tensions boiling over during one scorching summer day. Mo' Better Blues (1990) explores the ambitions and demons of an immensely talented but deeply flawed jazz trumpeter. Jungle Fever (1991) finds humor and heartache in the judgements leveled against an interracial couple. School Daze (1988) uses its setting at a black college to debate the innumerable ways physical features and cultural stereotypes play into racial identity. Aiming that same questioning to sexual mores, Lee's debut, She's Gotta Have It (1986), concludes the series with a comic imbroglio of one proudly uninhibited woman and her three suitors. For a complete list of showtimes, visit trylon.org/series/150.