If you haven’t seen Spike Lee’s new film BlacKkKlansman yet, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket here right now. The movie is based on the crazy true story of the first black cop in Colorado Springs, who took on the Ku Klux Klan through an undercover mission – and though it’s technically a period piece, it couldn’t be more relevant.
Lee pulled dialogue straight out of the mouth of our current POTUS in creating the lines of the racist white people in his film, and that, combined with the movie’s shocking ending, makes it an absolute must-watch that delivers an incredibly important jolt of urgency about the current state of our country.
What we didn’t know before seeing the film is that Lee employed cinematographer Chayse Irvin to shoot his story, and Irvin has another very impressive piece of cinema on his resume: Beyoncé’s masterpiece visual album Lemonade.
“I remember those moments where [Spike] would turn around, he’d be in the front seat and he’d be like, ‘I know the ending. We’re gonna burn a cross.’ Then a week later, ‘I know the ending. We’re gonna go into this thing,’” Irvin told IndieWire about working with Lee. “He was having these ideas as we were exploring the film, which I thought was great. I’m all about that.”