The Academy will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s seminal “Do the Right Thing,” with the director and yet-to-be-announced guests in person during two separate screening events set to take place coast-to-coast: one in Los Angeles at LACMA, and the other (where else?) in Brooklyn at BAM.
A quarter century ago Lee introduced the world to the hottest summer day a single block in Brooklyn has ever seen. As the heat cranks up, the composure of the multi-racial Bed-Stuy neighborhood completely loses its cool, leading to serious consequences.
The film kicked off the careers of Martin Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro. Danny Aiello nabbed a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as beleaguered pizzeria owner Sal Fragione, while Lee scored an Original Screenplay Oscar nod.
The Academy is debuting a brand-new 35mm print from its Film Archive. While the guests will vary by venue, Lee will appear with the film on both coasts.