Like many of Spike’s feature films, his critically acclaimed documentaries focus on subject areas that other filmmakers may choose to ignore or shy away from. In 1997, the Academy of Motion Pictures Art & Science nominated Lee’s 4 Little Girls for the “Best Documentary” category. 4 Little Girls took audiences to Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 and told the story of four young girls who were killed in a bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Within the film we hear the voices and see the faces of family members and friends who were closest to the victims. Spike’s 2002 documentary Jim Brown: All-American was also well received. It chronicled the life of athlete, actor and activist Jim Brown. In 2012, the documentary celebrating Michael Jackson's successful studio album, Bad 25 was released. Previous to this he released the Peabody Award winning documentary sequel, If God’s 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. This film comes on the heels of 2006’s When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, the groundbreaking first documentary that followed the plight of Americans stranded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
- GO BRASIL GO (2014) (IN POST PRODUCTION)
BAD 25 (2012)
IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON'T RISE (2010)
- ESPN: KOBE - DOIN' WORK (2009)
- WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS (2006)
- JIM BROWN: ALL AMERICAN (2002)
- 4 LITTLE GIRLS (1997)