Spike Lee Will Be a Special Guest at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville
Legendary director Spike Lee will be the special guest at the 30th annual Virginia Film Festival.
Spike Lee will be in attendance to present his Oscar-nominated documentary 4 Little Girls, which came out 20 years ago.
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4 Little Girls tells the story of the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. That 1963 act of terrorism left four black girls dead and is seen as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
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Interestingly, the film festival will take place in November in the now-infamous town of Charlottesville, where the white supremacy terrorist attacks occurred a couple of weeks before. This was coincidental according to Jody Kielbasa, director of the VFF and Vice Provost for the Arts at UVA:
“We first reached out to Mr. Lee in the spring to include him in our upcoming collaboration with Montpelier, and, of course, the recent events in Charlottesville have made his participation more compelling, relevant and vital.”
This presentation will be one part of a larger program that will be centered on the living legacy of slavery. Also included in that program will be a short video called I Can’t Breathe, which combines footage of the death of Eric Garner with footage of the death of Radio Raheem in Lee’s iconic 1989 film, Do The Right Thing.
Source: Hollywood Reporter