Director Spike Lee will receive the San Francisco Film Society's directing award during the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, which will hold its 50th edition April 26 - May 10. The award will be presented to Lee at Film Society Awards Night, a fundraising gala, on Thursday, May 3 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel benefitting the Society's Education Program. In addition to the Lee honor, the SFFS will honor a soon-to-be-announced recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for a brilliant acting career; Peter Morgan, recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting; and George Lucas, recipient of the one-time-only Irving M. Levin Award honoring a "man who embodies the iconoclastic spirit of the festival founder." "Spike Lee is a masterful director and one of the most important filmmakers of our generation," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director in a statement. "No American director of the last 25 years has done more to lever open and examine the inner workings of American society than he has." [Brian Brooks]