"My first big break came because I coudn't get a job," he says. He borrowed a friend's Super 8 camera and filmed New York in the summer of 1977 -- when New York was a broke city with record high temperatures and fabulous music at block parties. As Lee says: "Film found me. I didn't say I found film."
Lee's interview is part of Mediabistro's "My First Big Break" series. Their previous interviews include Brian Williams, Dan Rather, Bonnie Fuller, Wendy Williams and Lou Dobbs.