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
Opening screenshot
Directed by Spike Lee
Produced by Spike Lee
Zimmie Shelton
Written by Spike Lee
Starring Monty Ross
Music by Bill Lee
Cinematography Ernest R. Dickerson
Edited by Spike Lee
Distributed by First Run Features
Release date
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads is a 1983 independent film by 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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