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  • Martel Sharpe

Spike Lee Receives Trailblazer Award at the 2020 LMGI Awards


Oscar-winning director Spike Lee will receive the esteemed Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating the theme "2020 Vision: We See It First."



Hosted by Isaiah Mustafa, the 2020 LGMI Awards will honor the prestigious spectrum of Lee's extraordinary award-winning work over the past three decades on Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 PM PT during a virtual ceremony.


"We are especially grateful that Mr. Lee has brought so much diverse talent into the industry,” Lori Balton, awards co-chair and former LMGI president. “Actors like Samuel Jackson, Rosie Perez and Giancarlo Esposito, but also so many of us working behind the scenes—Wynn Thomas, Ruth Carter, Ernest Dickerson and Brent Owens to name a few. He is a Trailblazer on a number of levels.”


Founded in 2003 as a non-profit corporation, The Location Managers Guild International / LMGI is a global organization of career location professionals in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries dedicated to upholding the highest ethical standards.


This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th Annual LMGI Awards breaks with tradition and will be presented on a digital platform, streaming to a worldwide and more inclusive audience.


As a recipient of the Trailblazer Award, Lee is renowned for producing more than 35 films since 1983 through his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks,


Lee made his directorial debut in 1986 with She's Gotta Have It and has since written and directed such films as Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, He Got Game, Chi-Raq, and BlacKkKlansman.



His films Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, 4 Little Girls and She's Gotta Have It were each selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."


Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian and the Eva Monley Awards, which recognize and honor industry members who support the work of location professionals, will be announced in the near future.


Final online balloting for the LMGI Awards will be held August 1-10, 2020 and winners will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 PM PT.

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