I didn’t make it to the Spike Lee tribute last night, but my friend and colleague John Hartl did, and sent the following report:
The interaction at Wednesday’s Spike Lee tribute was alarmingly lame (too many questions about fame, breakthroughs and Twitter), but Lee himself was sharp as a tack. He objectively discussed his early work (he can’t watch “She’s Gotta Have It” because it was shot too cheaply and quickly), admitted the inspiration for a scene in “Malcolm X” (he was thinking of Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus”) and proudly listed Halle Berry, Queen Latifah and Samuel L. Jackson as his discoveries. Best of all were the carefully chosen film clips, especially from “Do the Right Thing,” “4 Little Girls” and “When the Levees Broke,” which demonstrated how empty modern American cinema would be without him.
So far in the festival, I’ve especially enjoyed “Dodsworth” and “Treeless Mountain,” and can strongly recommend the upcoming “Humpday,” “500 Days of Summer,” “Every Little Step,” and “Art & Copy.” So, what have the rest of you seen at SIFF? Any favorites so far? Any really great Q & As? Anyone meet their true love while standing in line? Do tell.