Do the Right Thing, Lee’s first Academy Award-nominated film, tells the story of a neighborhood’s simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer. In addition to starring Lee in the lead role, Do the Right Thing features Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, with debuts by Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez.
Although the screening is by invitation only and has a maximum capacity of 200 attendees (including some area film students), Spike Lee fans will have two chances to score an invite:
- Each person who purchases a Cinetopia pass ($75 to $200) will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the event.
- Those who purchase a Personal Sponsorship Pass ($1000) will be entitled to receive a pair of tickets to the event.
Lee is the latest addition to a stellar line-up of filmmakers and stars who will attend Cinetopia, including directors John Sayles (Lone Star, Eight Men Out) and Tommy Oliver(the Cinetopia film 1982), actors David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck, Lincoln, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Hill Harper (CBS’s CSI: NY, He Got Game, 1982), plus 30 additional special film guests from around the world.