Spike Lee, 2002
Among the most significant voices in American cinema, film director Spike Lee epitomizes the ideals of the Wexner Prize, which honors a contemporary artist in any field whose work has been consistently original, influential, and challenging to convention. This award recognizes Lee’s groundbreaking feature films, documentaries, television movies, music videos, and commercials.
In 25th Hour, a convicted drug dealer (Edward Norton) spends his last day of freedom introspectively before heading to prison to serve a seven-year sentence.
In one of the first studio films to acknowledge the aftermath of 9/11, Lee examines not only his main character’s past and his ties to friends and family but also the multifaceted relationship between New York City and its inhabitants. (135 mins., 35mm)