SilverDocs announced today that it will honor Spike Lee at the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, a centerpiece of the now eight-day documentary film festival which takes place in June, in Silver Springs, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.
Lee, an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director, producer, writer and actor with more than 35 films to his credit, was selected for his unyielding commitment to telling stories that challenge America’s consciousness of social injustice, while also celebrating the resilience and power of the human spirit. “Spike Lee is truly a master storyteller; in both his contemporary and historical films, he uncovers the deep truths and unhealed wounds of the American experience while celebrating our resilience and passion,” said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale. As part of the symposium, SilverDocs will screen a series of excerpts from Lee’s body of documentary work, including 2006’s When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, largely considered the documentary of record of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and 1997’s Oscar-nominated 4 Little Girls. Following the screenings, Lee will be joined on stage by special guests to engage in a discussion of his career. More details will be released closer to the festival; to visit the festival web site, click here.