MADE Magazine Global Impact Issue - Page 29

I HAVE TO OPEN DOORS FOR BLACK PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY. IF I DON’T, WHO WILL?” - SPIKE LEE Photo by Jeff Vespa HIS GRIND: S pike didn’t always know that he wanted to pursue film until he was gifted film equipment from a mentor in the ‘80s. He took the camera and blazed a trail that has inspired generations and paved positions for fresh faces in film. As he honed his craft and identified his creative approach, he plotted to pursue a feature film after film school. That film was She’s Gotta Have It. Shot in 12 days (2 six-day weeks) in the summer of 1986, the film was the introduction to a 30-year legacy that continues today. | 29