Apart from making films, Spike Lee has been a professor at NYU graduate film school for the last 15 years. He says that on the first day of class he hands out a list – his list of what he considers the greatest films ever made — films that are must-sees if you want to become a filmmaker.
Having Spike Lee in your corner can really help a fledgling film director. At 27 years old, Dee Rees enrolled at NYU's film school where she met the Oscar-winning director and interned on his films. In that time she wrote the short Pariah, which eventually became a feature film in 2011. The film was a critical hit, garnering a fresh 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Next on the young director's plate is an HBO biopic about Bessie Smith, starring Queen Latifah.
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Before winning an Academy Award for Best Director, Ang Lee could've won "World's Greatest Dad" for his role as a stay-at-home dad. After graduat-g from NYU film school with an MFA in Film Production, Lee stayed home "cook-g, pick-g up [the] kids from school, and doing housework” while his molecular biologist wife worked. Lee nearly became a computer engineer. But with support from his wife to keep at it, he got his big break at 38, direct-g his first movie "Pushing Hands"
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