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Spike LeeThe Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series “Realities of Race” will sponsor a Spike Lee Film Festival each night, March 27-29 and April 1 and 2 in Gemmell MPR, leading up to Lee’s April 3 lecture.

Spike Lee, born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Ga., was making amateur films by age 20, and won a Student Academy Award for his graduate thesis film. Lee continues to create films that explore provoking topics like race, politics, urban crime and violence. He is also known for his documentaries and commercials.

Lee will present a lecture at 8 p.m. April 3 in the auditorium of Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Center. For tickets, visit Gemmell Student Complex information desk, Golden Eagle Landing on Main Street in Clarion, or

Tickets for the film festival are free to students and $5 for the public, and are available at the Gemmell Student Complex information desk. The films will be shown in the multi-purpose room of Gemmell. The film schedule is:

March 27

6 p.m., doors open Gemmell MPR

6:15 p.m., introduction of films

6:30 p.m., "Crooklyn"

8:30 p.m., intermission

8:45 p.m., "Get on the Bus"

March 28

4-5 p.m., Dr. Gerald Powell, guest speaker, presents on Lee's work, Gemmell 250/252,  free and open to the public

6 p.m., doors open Gemmell MPR

6:15p.m., introduction of films

6:30 p.m., "Malcolm X"

10:15 p.m., intermission

10:30 p.m., "Bamboozled"

March 29

2:30 p.m., Dr. Gerald Powell radio discussion of Lee’s work, WCUC-FM (91.7)

April 1

6 p.m., doors open Gemmell MPR

6:15 p.m., introduction of films

6:30 p.m., "Mo' Better Blues"

8:45 p.m., intermission

9 p.m., "Jungle Fever"

April 2

2 p.m., Guest speaker Dr. Janice Hamlet radio discussion of Lee's work WCUC-FM (91.7)

4-5 p.m., Dr. Janice Hamlet presents on Lee's work, 250/252 Gemmell

6 p.m., doors open Gemmell MPR

6:15 p.m., introduction of films

6:30 p.m., "She's Gotta Have It"

8 p.m., intermission

8:15 p.m., "Do the Right Thing"

The Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the Clarion University community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

3/22/2013 4:26 PM

Film festival leads up to April 3 lecture by Spike Lee