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Spike Lee to Receive Jaeger-LeCoultre Award at Venice Film Fest

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 3, 2012 at 12:22PM

Along with premiering his out-of-competition Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25" at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 - September 8), Spike Lee will also be honored by the fest with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
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Along with premiering his out-of-competition Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25" at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 - September 8), Spike Lee will also be honored by the fest with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

The award, which has previously gone to artists as disparate as Takeshi Kitano, Abbas Kiarostami and Sylvester Stallone, recognizes a filmmaker or actor's unique contribution to and signature on contemporary film. Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera describes Lee's films as "audacious and scathing... unpredictable and provocative in the best sense of the word."

"Bad at 25" focuses on the 25th anniversary of Jackson's "Bad" album, and screens on August 31. Lee has a history of having worked with Jackson, as he directed two videoclips for the musician's songs ("They Don't Care About Us" in 1997, and "This Is It" in 2009). Check out a snippet of the new doc below.

This article is related to: Spike Lee, Documentary, Venice Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.