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Spike Lee Joints on Youtube

Spike Lee Joints on YoutubeSpike Lee remains as one of the most provocative and influential filmmakers, especially in the 90’s. Here are my favorites of Spike’s videos that can be found on YouTube.


The biggest surprise was finding the entire version of When the Levees Broke, a 4 hour documentary on Katrina and New Orleans. This film is Lee’s best non-fiction work and the best Katrina related film I have seen. The film goes to the very roots of the Katrina disaster (the man-made one) following the trails of race, Louisiana oil and politics.

The entire film comes in 26 parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26. Youtube made fall cleaning.
The movie’s still available on GoogleVideo: Parts1 & 2, Parts 3 & 4
Also check out this montage submitted by a user: When the Levees Broke
Another doc by Spike on the Gore and Bush 2000 Election aptly titled We Wuz Robbed

Music Videos

Grandmaster Flash “White Lines” – A classic song and video but the copy isn’t very good.
Public Enemy “Fight the Power” – It begins with a long montage of the Civil Rights movement in the 70’s.


We Know Drama – NBA commercial that aspires to get you teary-eyed.
Talk to me – One of Spike’s ads that never got on television.
Lee’s Nike ads with Jordan (1, 2, 3, 4).

Scenes from films

Fuck You scene from 25th Hour. Whew! I gotta catch this movie.
Love and Hate – famous scene from Do The Right Thing, still my favorite Spike Lee film.
Da Bomb/Timmi Hillnigger from Bamboozled.
Smackin’ My Hoes from Bamboozled.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in relation to Spike Lee’s being found work online. This guy works more than any director in or outside of Hollywood. And though he remains one of the most well known directors, his work sadly is under-appreciated. I still don’t know how Do the Right Thing did not make AFI’s Best 100 films of the 20th century.

Update 2: WTLB is avaibable on Google video, check above!

Update: So HBO has taken down When the Levees Broke on Youtube. If someone at HBO is reading this post, hear me out for one second.

I am a filmmaker myself so I understand your need to protect your assets. However, I urge you to reconsider and doing one of two things: 1) get the DVD out now because people need to see it NOW! 2) if you cannot do that for whatever reason, then let it live in the public domain or at least ignore it living in the public domain.

But whatever you do, please don’t let this film sit on a bookshelf or behind premium cable membership. New Orleans is still a mess, the people who fucked up are still in power and they need a kick in the butt. This film can make a difference but it needs a large audience to achieve its purpose which is to pressure governement on all levels to act better, NOW!

I am afraid each day this film is not seen, the less it will change this country for the better. Overlook the film business, do a service to your people, your viewers, your non-viewers. Be more than just a business.

Thank You. And get Spike Lee a show on HBO!


27 Responses to “Spike Lee Joints on Youtube”

  1. Boing Boing on September 14th, 2006 2:22 pm

    Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” Katrina doc is online…

    When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee’s powerful 4-hour HBO documentary on the human disaster surrounding Hurricane Katrina, has shown up online. Ajit at ticklebooth blog writes, This film is Lee’s best non-fiction work and the best Katrina related film I…

  2. F5 - Die Fünf Filmfreunde on September 14th, 2006 2:40 pm

    […] Die vierstündige Spike Lee-Dokumentation über die Katrina-Katastrophe ist vollständig und in 26 Teile aufgeteilt bei Youtube zu sehen. Den ersten Teil kann man bei uns begutachten, den Rest gibt es hier. […]

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  6. Katrina and Dystopia « Megatrouble on September 14th, 2006 11:32 pm

    […] It’s painful to watch the new Spike Lee documentary on Hurricane Katrina. But as much as the mess makes me infuriated and heartsick at the same time, I hope Katrina gets back into the news cycle again. It will be a big issue at the Mid-South Sociological Association meeting in Lafayette this year. I’m going to present my work on female musicians, but I want to pay attention to the Katrina talks, because I give a care about the  racial/environmental justice issue (quick break down: Katrina = environmental racism). That, and the whole grisly problem of the government-failing-its-people. It was a breach of social contract of the highest order. So, to tie this into my research on utopias and science fiction, could something as disasterous as the Katrina response occur in a dystopia? Would a such a failing be intentional on the government’s part? As in, “the government responded the way it did because of racism.” Or, is it just bumbling idiocy, as in “hey, we mean well, but we fucked up horribly”. Says Wikipedia: […]

  7. » Blog Archive Spike Lee ‘Hurricane Katrina’ documentary on youtube » solace in cinema : A vast wasteland of movies on September 15th, 2006 2:20 am

    […] Find the links to the documentary pieces here […]

  8. Stenstropedia » Katrina on September 15th, 2006 3:12 am

    […] Drop fjernsynet i weekenden og se When the Levees Collapsed pÃ¥ YouTube – Spike Lees dokumentar om orkanen Katrina og New Orleans. Ikke bare om katastrofen, men ogsÃ¥ om raceproblemer, olie og politik. Rystende og gribende. Lydsiden er enestÃ¥ende. […]

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  10. Wenn der Damm bricht at eine Handvoll on September 15th, 2006 4:57 am

    […] Die Doku “When the Levees Broke” von Spike Lee über die Nachwehen von Katrina kann man sich in 24 Teilen bei Youtube ansehen. Hier gehts zur ersten Folge. […]

  11. When the Levees Broke at Will Pate on September 15th, 2006 1:40 pm

    […] Sweet, I hope HBO leaves this up. […]

  12. LBellatrix on September 16th, 2006 9:30 am

    Unfortunately, it’s now gone.

  13. DeK on September 16th, 2006 1:17 pm
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  15. Sample the Web — When the Levees Broke on September 16th, 2006 7:22 pm

    […] Found via this link, which notes that the film has been removed from YouTube, so Google Video will most likely soon follow. Until it does, I’ll keep it here. This is a film we all need to see. Share and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  16. » Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” Katrina doc is online on September 16th, 2006 9:17 pm

    […] When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee’s powerful 4-hour HBO documentary on the human disaster surrounding Hurricane Katrina, has shown up online. Ajit at ticklebooth blog writes, This film is Lee’s best non-fiction work and the best Katrina related film I have seen. The film goes to the very roots of the Katrina disaster (the man-made one) following the trails of race, Louisiana oil and politics. […]

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    […] Spike Lee Joints On Youtube A large number of videos from Spike Lee are found on Youtube, including the entire 4 hour documentary on Katrina and New Orleans. (tags: history video) […]

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  21. La Kermés » Archivo del weblog » Spike Lee: When the Levees Broke y las descargas on September 21st, 2006 9:27 am

    […]  Aunque no parece estar prevista su difusión en DVD, la película se estrenó en la cadena HBO hace pocos días. Más tarde, alguien lo ha subido a youtube fraccionado en 26 partes, con la intención de ponerlo a disposición de todo el mundo, pero la cadena HBO ha hecho que youtube retire los clips. Inmediatamente han empezado a aparecer réplicas en Google Video que, por el momento, no han sido retiradas. […]

  22. FairBrand Blog » When the Levees Broke on October 30th, 2006 10:12 am
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  24. Ray Jordan on November 3rd, 2007 11:26 pm

    Can a message about 9/13/71 be relayed to Spike Lee in any way?

  25. ruochman on December 12th, 2007 2:09 pm

    its great to have spike lee in our generation.

  26. Phyllis Montana-Leblanc on December 19th, 2008 9:31 pm

    My name is Phyllis Montana-Leblanc. I am a survivor of Hurricane Katrina. I was also featured in Spike Lee’s HBO Documentary; “When The Levees Broke.” If it were not for Spike Lee our story would not have been told. I thank God for him and his vision. Spike Lee allowed each person who he interviewed to tell their own story. He showed us that it was not about him and how much he cared for us. He was also instrumental in helping me to write my story; “Not Just The Levees Broke” My Story During and After Hurricane Katrina.” Foreword by: Spike Lee. He’s a fair man. He let everyone tell their story. For more info:

    A lot still needs to be done in New Orleans. My husband and I have been in our new home, in New Orleans for 9 months now. We were in a Fema Trailer for almost 3 years. A lot is still not being done, we still don’t have a hospital in our area. We have “clinics” that are housed in trailers.

  27. custommotorcycleparts on August 19th, 2010 2:49 am

    The Grandmaster Flash one is awesome.

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