Please join us on March 23 at 2pm to view and discuss Spike Lee's film Do the Right Thing. MSU Professor and filmmaker Jeff Wray will be facilitating discussion.
Film Synopsis: Producer/writer/director/star Spike Lee combines humor, drama and music in a technique used in his previous films to again expose the absurdity of racism. Do the Right Thing moves it's cast of characters through a minefield of sensations over the course of the hottest day of the year, on one block in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. This 24-hour period will change the lives of its residents forever.
Jeff Wray's Bio: Associate professor of Film Studies in the department of English at Michigan State University. MFA in filmmaking, history & theory and screenwriting from Ohio University School of Film in 1994. Teaches courses in screenwriting, black American & African cinema and film production. A screenwriter and filmmaker with several completed several projects, including China (2003), a feature film produced for and broadcast by PBS. The Soul Searchers: Three Stories (2008) was screened in New York and Berlin. Current film projects Songs for My Right Side, a 30 minute short and a feature Evolution of Bert are in post-production with completion anticipated for 2014. Screenplays include Summer of 64, a story of history, race and family in turbulent times and Cliff’s Friends in Detroit, a tale of three middle aged men returning to Detroit for the funeral of their childhood friend. Honors include the John Anson Kittredge Foundation Fellowship, Art Serve Michigan Individual Artist Award, Ohio Arts Council Major Fellowship, and three nominations for the Rockefeller Foundation Film and Video Fellowship and most recently a Wexner Center for the Arts Filmmaker Residency.
The Racial Healing-- A Community Conversation film series is intended to cultivate an inclusive community through conversations that bring about greater awareness, understanding and respect for our differences and similarities. This program is part of MSU's Project 60/50. For more information about Project 60/50 (including a list of events), click here.
***We will be posting new films in the series shortly, please check our website for updates.***