The Savannah State University (SSU) Student Government Association will present “An Evening with Spike Lee: America Through My Lens” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Tiger Arena.
The event, which is part of a student leadership lecture series, is free to SSU students with valid university identification. Tickets, $5 for non-SSU students with valid school ID and $10 general admission, are available in the campus bookstore located in the King- Frazier Student Center. Proceeds benefit the Miss Savannah State University scholarship fund.
Lee is a forerunner in the “doit yourself” school of filmmaking. The writer, director, producer, actor and author revolutionized the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film. His movies have examined race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty and other political issues.
In summer 2010, Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, released the follow up documentary “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise,” which revisits the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast region as residents attempt to rebuild while also demanding assistance and accountability from political leaders.
The film, which premiered five years to the day that Hurricane Katrina formed, is a follow-up to Lee’s groundbreaking documen- tary, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” which followed the plight of Americans stranded after the hurricane.
Born in Atlanta and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lee returned to the south to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he contin- ued his education at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Manhattan, where he received his master’s degree in film production.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation.
The university’s 4,100 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.