On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed bySpike Lee, who is also a featured actor in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny Aiello,Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro. It is also notably the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The movie tells the story of a neighborhood’s simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer.

The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades and awards, including anAcademy Award nomination for Lee for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Supporting Actorfor Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time. In 1999, it was deemed to be “culturally significant” by the U.S. Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of just five films to have this honor in their first year of eligibility.

John P. Hess

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What can be said about John P. Hess that hasn't already been said about a half-eaten bologna sandwich? Born on a tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific, John came to filmmaking when he connected two VCRs together for a 4th grade homework assignment and discovered linear editing. Unfortunately his patent application was denied as linear editing had been discovered and perfected 25 years prior. Undeterred, John continued playing with digital polygons all through high school until he discovered he could cast girls in his silly movie parodies. At University, John studied business administration and marketing which led to a three year stint as an advertising executive under the alias name Don Draper until his cover was blown by Pete Campbell. Determined to make it on his own, John became a commercial producer. Through a long deceased social network, John met Dennis Hartwig who was crowdsourcing the world's smallest death ray for ants. The death ray concept fell through so John and Dennis started Filmmaker IQ instead. After $insert#years$, Filmmaker IQ is one of the most well respected filmmaking resources in the Galactic Empire, visited by thousands of Zeta Reticulians and spambots every standard revolution. During his spare time, which is rare, John enjoys playing the trumpet, reading Supreme Court filings and mispronouncing French words.
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