Director Spike Lee will receive the 2009 "Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing" at the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival. The tribute ceremony during the 35th annual event taking place May 21 - June 14, will include a montage of clips highlighting his "work as a director and pioneer of contemporary cinema," followed by a screening of "Passing Strange," Lee's original visualization of the Broadway hit. Prior to the screening, Spike Lee will take the stage for an interview and a Q&A session with the audience.
Also set to attend this year's event is Francis Ford Coppola who will host a presentation of his new film, "Tetro." Also expected to attend the festival is the star of the film, Vincent Gallo. Both will introduce "Tetro" on June 10.
"It is a great privilege for us to present this award to Spike Lee in Seattle," commented SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence in a statement. "As someone in the prime of his career with a dynamic body of work to his credit, Spike truly deserves this honor. Seattle audiences will be delighted to be part of this tribute to a gifted filmmaker and genuine cultural icon."
The complete SIFF will be unveiled May 7. Seattle typically screens over 400 films from around the world.