Spike Lee Celebrates 30th Anniversary of ‘School Daze’ at BAM10 months ago by Edward Antonelli in Movie News
On February 12, 1988, the film School Daze, written, directed, and starring Spike Lee premiered. Marking his second “Spike Lee joint.” The movie follow students and mostly greek life at the historically Black Mission College. The film seen some young Hollywood faces including Tisha Campbell, Lawrence Fishburne, and Giancarlo Esposito.
30 years after its release, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) held a special viewing of the film with an introduction by Lee himself. BAM is located just minutes from where Lee grew up, filmed a lot of his films, and still resides.
Walking into the lobby of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Spike Lee was sitting behind a table signing autographs of exclusive 30-year anniversary merchandise and taking pictures with fans. Just like the character half-pint he played, Lee had the letter G painted in white on his forehead. Still repping for gamma phi gamma.
After spending some time with the man of the hour, crowds began to head to theatre #3. Besides having some renovations made, this theatre still has that historical look that viewers in the ’80s might have experienced. The nearly 300-seat theater began to fill up quickly with different frats, sororities, and fans. It was clear this film made an impact on most of the crowd.
Lee entered and walked to the front of the theater with a microphone in hand. He started by calling out all of the greek students who came. One by one students began shouting their call signs. He was thrilled to see such a great turn out and made it clear that he wanted people to enjoy the screening by singing along and screaming out the dialogue if they knew it, somewhat like watching the Rocky Horror Show. He then paid homage to the actors featured that have since passed including Ozy Davis, Bill Nunn, and Joe Seneca.
Lee hit the cue to start the film and joined the crowd, sitting just a couple seats down from The Feature Presentation. Just like he requested, the audience shouted their favorite lines and sang along to the music.
In one scene where the hit Da Butt by Experience Ultimate played, Lee stood and started a dance party in the theater. The environment was fun and having the mastermind behind the film there was special.
Spike Lee received a standing ovation for the ending credits and walked out to the lobby to do it all again as there was two screening planned for the night.
On February 19, 2018, Lee is expected to host another screening of the film at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.