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" '25th Hour,' like a lot of my films, takes place in New York City. I've been very fortunate to make films in the city that I live. I mean, it's great going home at night instead of being on location. "
" All directors are storytellers, so the motivation was to tell the story I wanted to tell. That's what I love. "
" A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there. "
" A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies you didn't intend to be there. "
" Amongst black people, you have always heard it said that once a black man reaches a certain level, especially if you are an entertainer, you get a white trophy woman. I didn't make that up. "
" And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. "
" Any film I do is not going to change the way black women have been portrayed, or black people have been portrayed, in cinema since the days of D.W. Griffith. "
" Any time you talk about the look of the film, it's not just the director and the director of photography. You have to include the costume designer and the production designer. "
" A spine to my films that's become more evident to me is that many are about the choices people make, and the reverberations of those choices. You go this way, or that way, and either way, there's going to be consequences. "
" Don't think that because you haven't heard from me for a while that I went to sleep. I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night. Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest. "
" 'Do the Right Thing' was my first union film. I looked at the rosters, and for the most part, it was white males. Especially the Teamsters. So we had some conversations. "
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" Everything I do is always scrutinised. But that's all I'll say about that. "
" Fight the power that be. Fight the power. "
" First of all, what in this world does not revolve around money? But money is a big part of film, unlike a lot of other art forms. "
" For me, I believe in God, God is real. "
" I always give the example, if you turn on the radio today, black radio, Lenny Kravitz is not black. Bob Marley wasn't black: in the beginning, only white college stations played Bob Marley. "
" I am a hybrid. I do independent films and also do Hollywood films - I love them both. "
" I am very fortunate I can send my kids to private school, but everybody does not have the money. If you cannot get your kid in a good school today, your kids are going to be behind the eight ball. "
" I didn't dream about being a director. I didn't know I wanted to do something with film until the summer between my sophomore and junior years at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. "
" I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish. Culture is for everybody. "
" I don't dictate, you don't dictate to Stevie Wonder, not successfully. "
" I don't get tripped up in technology. I use technology as a tool. 'Oldboy' we shot Two Pro 35mm. For 'Da Blood of Jesus,' we shot digitally. We shot the new Sony F55. It's a 4K camera. "
" I don't like acting; not in front of the camera. "
" I don't think I'm a total pessimist, so I think you can find hope in all my films. "
" If we became students of Malcolm X, we would not have young black men out there killing each other like they're killing each other now. Young black men would not be impregnating young black women at the rate going on now. We'd not have the drugs we have now, or the alcoholism. "
" I get offered to do stuff where the money's nice but it's not something I want to do - I get offered a lot of commercials too. "
" I had a great education. From kindergarten to John Dewey High School in Coney Island, I am public-school educated. "
" I knew I was never going to play professional sport, but I loved playing and I went to all the games I could afford to. "
" I like to work with the same people when I can, and you want to get people with the same interests that you have, and the same aesthetic. "
" I live in New York City, the stories of my films take place in New York; I'm a New York filmmaker. "
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