Spike Lee teams with Nokia on cell phone movie

NEW YORK Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:33pm EDT

Director, writer, actor and producer Spike Lee poses as he arrives at the 6th annual Behind The Lens Award ceremony honoring Lee in Beverly Hills, California March 26, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Director, writer, actor and producer Spike Lee poses as he arrives at the 6th annual Behind The Lens Award ceremony honoring Lee in Beverly Hills, California March 26, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Filmmaker Spike Lee has linked up with Nokia to direct a movie made with cell phone footage from everyday people in what he calls the democratization of film.

The film by Nokia Productions will consist of three acts. An "assignment" for each act will be announced online and people will then have four weeks to produce their submission.

"You are seeing first hand the democratization of film," Lee said in a statement on Thursday. "Aspiring filmmakers no longer have to go to film school to make great work. With a simple mobile phone, almost anyone can now become a filmmaker."

Lee was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for "Do the Right Thing" in 1990 and for best documentary for "4 Little Girls" in 1998.

The film's theme will evolve around the way music tells the story of humanity, and people can submit text, music, video or images at certain times between now and August 21 to www.nokiaproductions.com.

Nokia will choose 25 submissions, then people can vote online for their favorite for a top 10 from which Spike Lee will then choose the winning submission from each act.

Lee will direct the film through the Web site.

The final film with the three winning submissions and other contributed content will premiere later this year in Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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