Spike Lee, writer-director, producer, author, educator and alumnus of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts (’82/’98 Hon.), will address degree recipients and their honored guests at Tisch Asia’s commencement ceremony, to be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Lee, who served as Artistic Director and Professor of the Graduate Film Program at NYU Tisch in New York, has helped revolutionize modern cinema and is a pioneer in the ‘Do It Yourself’ School of Independent Film. His latest endeavor is the reinterpretation of the Korean psychological thriller Oldboy slated for an October 2013 release. Prior to this film was the release of Bad 25, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album. Mr. Lee received a Peabody for the documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, which revisits the recently storm-ravaged Gulf Coast region as residents attempt to rebuild in their cities while also demanding assistance and accountability from their political leaders.
Recent critical and box office successes have included such films as Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam. Mr. Lee’s films Girl 6, Get on the Bus, Do the Right Thing and She's Gotta Have It display his ability to showcase a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, not only about race, but also class and gender identity.
Other distinguished guests at the ceremony will include student commencement speaker Lydia Joy Cowdery of Bristol, England, who will receive her Master of Fine Arts in dramatic writing; Kwan Lui, Member, Board of Trustees, Tisch Asia IPC Fund; Tisch Associate Dean for Student Affairs Robert Cameron; and Tisch Deputy Dean Ken Tabachnick.
About NYU Tisch Asia
In 2007, as part of collaboration with the Singapore government, New York University Tisch School of the Arts opened NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore. The campus currently has more than 150 graduate students from 22 countries pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in animation and digital arts, dramatic writing and graduate film.