Spike Lee Retrospective Features Rare Film About Bed-Stuy Barbershop

By Paul DeBenedetto on May 29, 2014 9:21am 

 Spike Lee at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks in Fort Greene. BAM will showcase 16 of Lee's films, including a rare screening of his NYU thesis documentary, "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads."
Spike Lee at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks in Fort Greene. BAM will showcase 16 of Lee's films, including a rare screening of his NYU thesis documentary, "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads."
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BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Academy of Music will showcase 16 of Spike Lee's films in June and July, including a rare screening of the auteur's 1983 NYU master's thesis about a barbershop in Bed-Stuy.

"By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective" kicks off on June 29 at BAM with a 25th anniversary screening of "Do the Right Thing," and continues with 15 other Lee films, including "Malcolm X," "Crooklyn," and "She's Gotta Have It," according to BAM.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, all screenings will be shown on 35mm film, except for Lee's thesis film, "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads," which Lee shot in 16mm.

Lee's thesis is a documentary about a Bed-Stuy barbershop of the same name. After the titular Joe is killed by gangsters using his shop as a front, the man who takes over his shop struggles with keeping the business open while resisting the same temptations, according to a description from BAM.

The documentary won a 1983 Student Academy Award, and features the help of fellow classmates Ang Lee, who worked as assistant director, and Ernest Dickerson, a frequent Lee collaborator who worked as cinematographer.

By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective Schedule 

Sunday, June 29
5 p.m.: "Do the Right Thing" (features Lee, cast, and crew in person.)

Monday, June 30
7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.: "School Daze"

Tuesday, July 1
4:30 p.m., 9 p.m.: "Mo’ Better Blues"
7:30 p.m.: "Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
"

Wednesday, July 2
4:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.: "Jungle Fever"
7 p.m.: "Crooklyn
"

Thursday, July 3
5:15 p.m., 8 p.m.: "25th Hour
"

Friday, July 4
2, 7, 9 p.m.: "She’s Gotta Have It"
4 p.m.: "Summer of Sam
"

Saturday, July 5
2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.: "Do the Right Thing
"

Sunday, July 6 
2, 6:30 p.m.: "Malcolm X
"

Monday, July 7
4:30, 9:40 p.m.: "Girl 6"
7 p.m.: "Clockers
"

Tuesday, July 8
4:30, 9:15 p.m.: "Get on the Bus"
7 p.m.: "4 Little Girls
"

Wednesday, July 9
5:15, 8 p.m.: "He Got Game
"

Thursday, July 10
5:15, 8 p.m.: "Bamboozled
"

For ticket information, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100, or visit BAM.org

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