Spike Lee premieres Univ of MO film close campus

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:58 AM

Lee worked with ESPN to create the documentary, "2 Fists Up," which examines how the Black Lives Matter movement sparked activism at the Univ of MO and the rest of the county.

Spike Lee premieres Univ of MO film close campus

A Spike Lee documentary about protests at the Univ of MO this fall, which were spurred by what activists said was administrators' indifference to racial issues on campus, made its premiere Wednesday night at a theater close the campus.

Lee worked with ESPN to create the documentary, "2 Fists Up," which examines how the Black Lives Matter movement sparked activism at the Univ of MO and the rest of the county.

Lee contacted the Univ to set up a screening of a one-hour version of the film, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

It was shown at the MO Theatre in downtown Columbia. About eight hundred people were in attendance, the Columbia Missourian and KS City Star reported.

Univ of MO System interim President Michael Middleton introduced Lee to the crowd ahead of the screening.

The documentary was initially slated to premiere May thirty-one as portion of a package of brief films by Lee collectively called "Spike Lee'south Lil' Joints." Jennifer Cingari, a publicist for ESPN Films, said the network still plans to premiere a 22-minute version of the documentary on the network'south platforms around that time. A third 30-minute version of the documentary will also be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival this mo in New York City.

"Spike is excited about it. He really wants people to look it," Cingari told the Daily Tribune. "It got such a excellent response. He feels a connection to this."

Lee was on campus latest mo to interview subjects for the film and record footage of the Concerned Student one thousand nine hundred fifty grouping as it protested at multiple spots on campus.

The protests resulted in campus chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Univ of MO System President Tim Wolfe resigning amid discord that included a graduate student'south hunger strike and members of the school'south football team pledging to boycott the rest of their season until Wolfe was gone.

MO football coach Barry Odom said he wasn't contacted to be in Lee'south film or about his players meeting with Lee, but said he trusts they were "responsible" and handled it "the right way." Odom was promoted after former coach Gary Pinkel announced he was retiring days after the season ended because he was suffering from cancer.

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