Past Film/Video | Classics | Series & Festivals

Do the Right Thing

(Spike Lee, 1989)

Preceded by Standing in the Blink of a Night: For Casey Goodson Jr. (John Landry, 2020)

A young man in a Dodgers jersey holding a pizza box looks at an older man wearing a white apron to his right

Join us at the South Drive-In Theatre for Spike Lee’s still-relevant classic Do the Right Thing plus the recent Ohio Shorts Jury Prize–winning film that reckons with the murder of Casey Goodson Jr.

Do the Right Thing portrays a vibrant, predominantly African American Brooklyn neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer. The heat brings simmering tensions to a boil after neighborhood regular Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) confronts pizzeria owner Sal (Danny Aiello) for not featuring any Black actors on his Italian Wall of Fame. The ensuing face-off leads to a tragic conclusion that, more than 30 years later, still seems ripped from today’s headlines.

The film’s illustrious cast also includes Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Robin Harris, and more. Named to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 1999, this classic is backed by a beautiful Bill Lee score (Spike’s father) and numerous rap hits, most notably Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.” (120 mins., DCP)

On December 4, 2020, a 23-year-old Black man named Casey Goodson Jr. was murdered by law enforcement in Columbus, Ohio. John Landry’s short film Standing in The Blink of a Night (2020) both honors Goodson’s life and reckons with the aftermath of his murder. Winner of the 2021 Ohio Shorts Jury Prize, selected by juror Prentiss Haney. (6:02 mins., DCP)

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The South Drive-In Theatre is located at 3050 South High Street, on Columbus’s South Side. For more information about what to expect at the venue including concessions and COVID-19 policies, visit

Three Black men sit near a polka-dot umbrella against a red brick wall with a sign that reads “No Ball Playing Allowed”

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A man in round sunglasses and brightly patterned shirt and hat seems to shout at a microphone in a radio station

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A young man in a Dodgers jersey holding pizza boxes looks directly at the camera in front of a wall of 1988 Jesse Jackson campaign posters that read "Get Out and Vote / Your Vote Counts!"

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A young man in a Dodgers jersey holding a pizza box looks at an older man wearing an apron

Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

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Past Film/Video

Do the Right Thing