Exceptionally ahead of its time, Spike Lee’s first joint She’s Gotta Have It hit theaters in August 1986, featuring the character Nola Darling – a new voice for women rarely seen on the big screen before then. This Thanksgiving Day 2017, the modern evolution of Nola Darling extends across 10 episodes on Netflix, sharing Nola’s new-age outlook as an artist, friend and partner.

In an exclusive interview with MADE Magazine, Spike shares his journey and past influences from his debut directorial film that has evolved into a reboot to feature his old body of work in a brand new way.

His Grind:

Spike didn’t always know that he wanted to pursue film until he was gifted equipment from a mentor. He took it and ran with it, plotting to pursue a feature film after film school. That film was She’s Gotta Have It. Shot in 12 days (2 six-day weeks) in the summer of 1986, the film was the introduction to a 30-year legacy that continues.

Spike hustled to raise funds in three stages in the summer of 1985 while he directed, produced and edited the film, positioning his company to invite investors to screenings. The total budget for Spike’s directorial debut, She’s Gotta Have It, was $175,000. He went on to make $8.5 million at the box office.

Read the full story in the November Issue of MADE Magazine.