5 Films of Director Spike Lee coming to the Loft

WEDNESDAYS IN JANUARY 2017, & WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson

“Writer, director, actor, producer, author and educator, the always-provocative and always-outspoken Spike Lee has helped revolutionize Modern Black Cinema, and is widely regarded as one of the premier filmmakers of the last thirty years.

From groundbreaking early features like She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze and Do the Right Thing, to more recent films like Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna and Chi-Raq, Lee’s consistently surprising works display a boundless visual imagination, some of the most fearlessly intelligent discourse on race relations in the history of American cinema, and an ability to infuse both low-budget independent projects and big-budget blockbusters alike with his edgy, energetic and utterly unique style.  A relentless innovator, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker is equally at home creating documentaries, feature films and television projects, and he is also the founder of the production company, 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks, which has produced over 35 films since 1983.  This January, The Loft Cinema proudly screens a collection of the iconic director’s most acclaimed, important and exhilaratingly entertaining films, none of which could ever be mistaken for anything other than a Spike Lee Joint.”

Mo’ Better Blues starts off this series on Jan. 4th, at 7:30 p.m.



“Spike Lee’s knockout ode to music, love and blazing artistry showcases a magnetic performance from Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington.

Talented, music-obsessed jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (Washington) is a New York City bandleader with a gambling-addicted manager (Spike Lee) and major female trouble involving his two girlfriends, Indigo (Joie Lee) and Clarke (Cynda Williams) – but his single-minded narcissism keeps Bleek from realizing he’s headed for ruin, both artistically and romantically.  Lee neatly subverts the usual “tortured artist” clichés in this bracing musical drama, loaded with stunning visual flourishes and featuring a killer score by the director’s own jazzman father, Bill Lee.  Also starring Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro. (Dir. by Spike Lee, 1990, USA, 130 mins., Rated R)”

January 11: Bamboozled

January 18  Malcolm X

January 25  Jungle Fever

February 1: Do the Right Thing




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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).