Director Spike Lee’s first feature-length film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” premiered in theaters on Aug. 8, 1986.
“She’s Gotta Have It” is a comedy about Nola Darling, a free-spirited African-American woman in Brooklyn, New York, and her three suitors. Lee makes an appearance in the film as one of those suitors, a bike messenger named Mars Blackmon.
Some of Lee’s other notable works include “Do the Right Thing” and “School Daze,” his second and third feature-length films.
“Do the Right Thing” earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule, has produced dozens of films — several of them dubbed “Spike Lee joints” — since the ’80s.
“She’s Gotta Have It” was also a Netflix series from 2017 to 2019.