On the heals of his controversial Chicago-based film “Chi-Raq” and Michael Jackson documentary called “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall,” Spike Lee is already working on his next short-film.Spike Lee is already working on his next short-film. Click To Tweet
Over the weekend, Lee visited the University of Missouri campus to work on an ESPN short-film that follows the school football’s team protest and threatened strike last fall. The “digital short” entitled, “2 Fist Up,” will feature commentary from the athletes and students at the University on how the “Black Lives Matter Movement” sparked activism at the campus and spread throughout the nation.
While in town, the two-time nominee and honorary Oscar recipient also visited the True/False Film Festival for a special screening of “Concerned Student 1950,” a documentary on the organization with the same name, to help him with his film.First of all, Spike is an educator... Click To Tweet
“First of all, Spike is an educator,” said Kendrick Washington, a member of the Concerned Student 1950. “This is something that he follows. He’s not new to understanding institutionalized oppression, racism, any of that. So, his questions and his approach was more a reflection from his work and our drive behind the movement, so it was a dialogue. We were discussing oppression on various settings.”
Jay Jay Nesheim, an ESPN spokesman, said that the documentary is part of Lee’s “Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joints” series that will air May 31.
“I think I can speak on the behalf of Concerned Student, but we are extremely appreciative of Spike’s presence — him wanting to hear our narrative is a great feeling and it’s an accomplishment,” Washington said. “We know people care about our movement on a national level and our dedication inspired him to come to know more about us.”