Spike Lee at the CFC

To celebrate Black History Month, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) offers an exciting conversation with acclaimed director Spike Lee. Not only has Lee produced some of the most important films about race in America (see Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X), but his innovative style and perseverance makes him a great role model for independent filmmakers. The CFC hosts the conversation on Tuesday, January 25th.The event will be moderated by Clement Virgo, director of films such as Poor Boy's Game and some episodes of HBO's The Wire. Virgo is also adapting Lawrence Hill's acclaimed novel The Book of Negroes, which is currently slated for a 2012 release.

As per the CFC press release:
In celebration of Black History Month and presented by TD, CFC and Clement Virgo are pleased to host a special evening in conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee to discuss the role of music in his films.  A notable writer, director, producer, actor and author who revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film, Spike Lee is widely regarded as a premiere filmmaker and a forerunner in the ‘do it yourself’ school of filmmaking. His films are often provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, not only about race, but class and gender identity as well while incorporating a distinctive and powerful use of music. The evening will combine conversation and film clips to examine the use of music in Lee’s films – from his musical collaborations with his father, Bill Lee, a jazz bassist, to Prince, Stevie Wonder and composer Terence Blanchard.
Lee in Do the Right Thing (1989)
When:  Tuesday, January 25th 2011
           6:45 p.m. - Photo op/media wall
 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Discussion with Spike Lee, Clement Virgo
Where: Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre 8
           55 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
           7 - 8:30 p.m.
 Tickets are $20.00 (all proceeds will go towards the CFC Diversity Scholarship).      
 Tickets can be purchased at www.totix.ca or at the venue on the night of the event

This sounds a like a rare opportunity to see and hear one of America's strongest and most influential directors. Do not miss out!
See the CFC Facebook event for more details.