40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
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|Industry||Film and television|
|Headquarters||South Elliott Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.|
|Products||Motion pictures and television programs|
|Services||Film production, television production|
The company name is a reference to the phrase most often used to refer to the early Reconstruction period policy and episode of events, in which certain recently emancipated black families on the Georgia coast were given lots of land no larger than 40 acres (160,000 m2) and in some cases surplus army mules. The order, issued in 1865 by General Sherman as "Special Field Order 15", was later revoked by Andrew Johnson, and the land was taken away from the freed slaves and returned to previous owners.
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.
Awards and honors
|Release Date||Title||Directors||Production partners||Distributors|
|August 8, 1986||She's Gotta Have It||Spike Lee||Island Pictures|
|February 12, 1988||School Daze||Columbia Pictures|
|July 21, 1989||Do the Right Thing||Universal Pictures|
|August 3, 1990||Mo' Better Blues|
|June 7, 1991||Jungle Fever|
|November 18, 1992||Malcolm X||Warner Bros.|
|May 13, 1994||Crooklyn||Universal Pictures|
|April 19, 1995||New Jersey Drive||Nick Gomez||Gramercy Pictures|
|May 24, 1995||Tales from the Hood||Rusty Cundieff||Savoy Pictures|
|September 13, 1995||Clockers||Spike Lee||Universal Pictures|
|March 22, 1996||Girl 6||Fox Searchlight Pictures||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|October 16, 1996||Get on the Bus||Columbia Pictures||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|May 1, 1998||He Got Game||Touchstone Pictures||Buena Vista Pictures|
|July 2, 1999||Summer of Sam|
|October 22, 1999||The Best Man||Malcolm D. Lee||Universal Pictures|
|April 21, 2000||Love & Basketball||Gina Prince-Bythewood||New Line Cinema|
|August 18, 2000||The Original Kings of Comedy||Spike Lee||MTV Productions
|October 6, 2000||Bamboozled||New Line Cinema|
|July 1, 2001||3 A.M.||Lee Davis||Prism Leisure Corporation|
|December 19, 2002||25th Hour||Spike Lee||Touchstone Pictures
25th Hour Productions
|Buena Vista Pictures|
|July 30, 2004||She Hate Me||Sony Pictures Classics|
|March 24, 2006||Inside Man||Universal Pictures
|September 26, 2008||Miracle at St. Anna||Touchstone Pictures
On My Own Produzioni Cinematografiche
|Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|August 10, 2012||Red Hook Summer||Variance Films|
|November 27, 2013||Oldboy||Good Universe
|January 25, 2015||Cronies||Michael Larnell||Circa 1978 Productions|
|February 14, 2015||Da Sweet Blood of Jesus||Spike Lee||Gravitas Ventures|
|December 4, 2015||Chi-Raq||Amazon Studios||Roadside Attractions|
|April 20, 2018||Pass Over||Amazon Prime|
|August 10, 2018||BlacKkKlansman||Blumhouse Productions
Perfect World Pictures
|October 2, 2018||Tales from the Hood 2||Rusty Cundieff
|Universal 1440 Entertainment
Hood Productions, Inc.
|Universal Pictures Home Entertainment|
|May 17, 2019||See You Yesterday||Stefon Bristol||Netflix|
|June 12, 2020||Da 5 Bloods||Spike Lee||Rahway Road|
Lloyd Levin/Beatriz Levin Production
|October 17, 2020||American Utopia||HBO Films
River Road Entertainment
Warner Music Entertainment
- A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
- When the Levees Broke (2006)
- Kobe Doin' Work (2009)
- If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010)
- She's Gotta Have It (2017)
- 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.
- 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.
- Staples, Brent (July 21, 1997). "Forty Acres and a Mule". The New York Times.
- 70th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2011.