40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks

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40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
FounderSpike Lee
HeadquartersSouth Elliott Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.
Area served
ServicesFilm production, television production

40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks is the production company of Spike Lee.[1][2]

The company is named after a famous episode of the early Reconstruction period. In 1865, General Sherman issued "Special Field Order 15", which ordered the distribution of lots of 40 acres (160,000 m2) to some freed black families on the Georgia coast, and also distributed some surplus army mules. After Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Johnson revoked it, took the land away from the freed slaves, and returned it to the previous owners.[3]

After the success of films Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X, Lee expanded the 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks brand by opening clothing stores with merchandise that bore the 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks emblem. Lee has also done several collaborations with Nike, Eckō Unltd. and Brooklyn Denim.

40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks also has an advertising division with DDB called Spike DDB located in New York City, New York. They have done Super Bowl, Nike and Lay's commercial spots. They have produced commercials and music videos in addition to Spike Lee's films.

In 2004, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks moved all of its operations to New York City with headquarters in Brooklyn. 40 Acres and a Mule's headquarters is located on South Elliott Place in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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  1. ^ Schartoff, Adam (August 10, 2012). "Get Out: Red Hook Summer Opens Today". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  2. ^ Williams, Zelena (February 28, 2014). "Spike Lee Rants About Gentrification In Brooklyn". Uptown Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  3. ^ Staples, Brent (July 21, 1997). "Forty Acres and a Mule". The New York Times.
  4. ^ 70th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2011.

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