Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads

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Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop.jpg
Title screen
Directed bySpike Lee
Produced bySpike Lee
Zimmie Shelton
Written bySpike Lee
StarringMonty Ross
Music byBill Lee
CinematographyErnest R. Dickerson
Edited bySpike Lee
Distributed byFirst Run Features
Release date
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads is a 1983 student film by American filmmaker Spike Lee. Lee submitted the film as his master's degree thesis at the Tisch School of the Arts.[1][unreliable source?][2]

Lee's classmates Ang Lee and Ernest R. Dickerson worked on the film as assistant director and cinematographer, respectively. The film was the first student film to be showcased in Lincoln Center's New Directors New Films Festival. Lee's father, Bill Lee, composed the score. The film won a Student Academy Award.


The film is set in a Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn barbershop[1] where customers come to hang out, discuss various issues, and get a haircut. The manager, Zack, took over after Joe was killed by a gangster who used the shop as a front for a numbers racket. Zack wants to keep the shop legitimate but the gangster wants to continue the deal he had with Joe.


  1. ^ a b "Black History Month: A Look at Spike Lee's First Film - 'We Cut Heads' - Yahoo! Voices". 2010-12-03. Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  2. ^ "Oeuvre: Spike Lee: Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads". Spectrum Culture. 2012-03-15. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24.

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