Spike Lee honored by SFFilm for “BlacKkKlansman”
13 Nov, 2018
Legendary, veteran filmmaker Spike Lee returned to SFFilm recently with his newest release “BlacKkKlansman.” Lee was presented with a special tribute that included an in-depth onstage conversation about his prolific career. The famed director had world premiered his previous films, ”She’s Gotta Have It” and “Crooklyn” at the SFFILM Festival and was presented with the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction in 2007. (View our “BlacKkKlansman” 2018 Cannes Film Festival coverage.)
We had the unique opportunity and honor to speak with Spike Lee on the red carpet for SFFilm prior to the screening of “BlacKkKlansman,” which took place at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. Watch our exclusive interview with Spike Lee:
The new film, which was granted the Grand Prix award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, focuses on the real life story of Ron Stallworth, played cleverly by John David Washington (BALLERS (2015-2018)), who becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. But his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Stallworth, who wants to rise in the ranks and make a name for himself in the department, successfully, along with his team of undercover officers, infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan—rising to the top of the local chapter by fooling the KKK into believing that they are aggressively racially prejudice white supremacists with the aim of taking the group down.
Photo: Cindy Maram
Interview/Video produced by Cindy Maram
Camera: Justin Tran, Guerilla Wanderers Films