Friday, August 13, 2010

Spike Lee Talks "If God Is Willing And The Creek Don't Rise" & BP Oil Spill

It's 9:30am on a Saturday morning. Any other weekend morning I'd be at home sleeping or lazily spooning Honey Nut Cheerios to my mouth while watching The Golden Girls on DVD in bed. But this particular Saturday morning found me at the Beverly Hilton Hotel lobby waiting to serve a higher purpose. My calling for the day? To interview acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee about his return to New Orleans five years after Katrina and his new documentary, "If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise."

9:45am A few coffee-deprived journalists and myself are led upstairs to what I thought would be a large conference room as per usual. Imagine my surprise as we were ushered into Lee's hotel room to sit cozily around a coffee table as if were old friends. Cards anyone? He warmly greeted us all but what got my immediate attention was a carafe of cold orange juice I swore called my name. Dreaming of pouring myself a glass, I almost missed my cue to introduce myself!

"Hi, Alice Fuller, online, Hollywood As I Live & Work!" Once the introductions were done, we immediately began the interview. For about 30 minutes or a little longer we talked not only of the making of "If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise" but also the politics behind the BP Oil Spill, Obama's public approach to catastrophe, Brad Pitt, Black folks "going green", and of course Michael Jackson.

Become the invisible person in the room by pressing play then share what you hear and see here via email, Twitter, Facebook, and yes, old school word-of-mouth. Then set the DVR to record on August 23rd & 24th, HBO, 9pm or 8pm central time. And if you can make it to Brooklyn a few days later this month, head to Prospect Park for Spike's Michael Jackson celebration, August 29th. Shahmone!

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