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SPIKE LEE SPARKS A DISCUSSION AT ASU

SPIKE LEE SPARKS A DISCUSSION AT ASU

It’s been about a year since film director, Spike Lee’s debut in the Valley, and last night he made his return at ASU’s Gammage Theatre. The 90 – minute discussion kicked off with Lee giving a run-down on his experiences growing up and finding his way into the film Industry, gun control and diversity within Hollywood.

TEMPE - March 4, 2016 - ASU Now - Tempe Campus -  Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

TEMPE – March 4, 2016 – ASU Now – Tempe Campus – Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

TEMPE - March 4, 2016 - ASU Now - Tempe Campus -  Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

TEMPE – March 4, 2016 – ASU Now – Tempe Campus – Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

TEMPE - March 4, 2016 - ASU Now - Tempe Campus -  Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

TEMPE – March 4, 2016 – ASU Now – Tempe Campus – Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

He encouraged students at ASU to follow their dreams and move forward with goals that they’d aspire to achieve.

TEMPE - March 4, 2016 - ASU Now - Tempe Campus -  Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

TEMPE – March 4, 2016 – ASU Now – Tempe Campus – Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Follow what it is that makes you happy,” he said “No one said it would be easy… there’s no such thing as overnight success.

 

He also expressed his concerns with #OscarsSoWhite and representation stating how necessary diversity plays a part for the audience viewing films.

TEMPE - March 4, 2016 - ASU Now - Tempe Campus -  Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

TEMPE – March 4, 2016 – ASU Now – Tempe Campus – Spike Lee speaks to the audience at during an event at ASU Gammage at Tempe campus on Friday evening March 4th, 2016. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

In regards to his controversial film,”Chiraq” that released last May, he expressed his concern with gun control. “During that time while we were filming (a year) , 330 people were wounded and shot. 56 were murdered… The numbers have gone up… I’m very relieved that have rules about guns in this country…”

 

 

 

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