The Atlanta Film Festival and its year-round parent organization, the Atlanta Film Society recently presented filmmaker Spike Lee with their Originator Award at an awards ceremony celebrating the conclusion of the inaugural Human Rights Film Festival. The three-day festival was co-presented by the society and Morehouse College in Atlanta. Lee, a 1979 Morehouse graduate whose “Last Hustle in Brooklyn” film was screened at the festival that year, is the second recipient of the award. It was created in 2018 to recognize visionaries who are often imitated, never duplicated and always responsible for setting new industry standards. The 2020 festival will take place April 30 through May 10. For more information, visit

. Above: From left, Atlanta Film Society Executive Director Christopher Escobar presents Spike Lee with the Originator Award.

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