Earlier this week I saw #SpikeLee
do a Q&A for his #Netflix
series remake of #ShesGottaHaveIt
. To tell you the truth at first I was a bit skeptical about the idea of a remake, but I really enjoyed it. So much of the original #film
still stands. The imagery of #Brooklyn
is still beautiful to watch, the #cinematography
profited from the bigger budget and the way the music is used now is fresh and very well done.
Just before #SXSW
I saw #DoTheRightThing
again and it is scary how relevant this #movie
still is after 29 years. Meanwhile Spike has not changed a bit. He was introduced by John Pierson, one of the originators of The American Indie, having started careers of not only Lee, but also #KevinSmith
. Spike made him tell the story how they started working and how John made a "the best investment you ever made" on the film, because of the new Netflix deal. Five minutes in the Q&A Spike says he's done talking about the film he did 32 years ago. And when there's criticism about how a girl who dates three men and a woman might not be as shocking anymore today as it was back then (and maybe a genderneutral person would have been) he just answers "you should make your own series". A remarkable number of people seemed to just ask questions for validation or a shortcut to success and it was satisfactory to see he was just not going to do that. The only advice he would give anyone was "work your ass off and just do it", which I think is the best advice for anyone trying to make it in ANY field of work.
I am glad Netflix is a patron of this artist and he gets to do what he wants for them, which now includes a second season of She's Gotta Have It and I am glad Spike Lee is still so productive. The first time I went to the US in 2009 with my family we ended up at Spike Lee's #MichaelJackson
Memorial Birthday Bash in #ProspectPark
. It was very impressive to see him here on this stage.