Spike Lee Using Kickstarter to Help Fund New Independent Project
Following in the footsteps of the Veronica Mars movie (watch footage from Comic-Con right here) and the sophomore directing efforts of Zach Braff, a bigger name filmmaker is using Kickstarter to get a film off the ground. Vulture noticed that Spike Lee has taken to Kickstarter to get his next project off the ground, and it sounds like it's a film that otherwise might not get made through the Hollywood system, hence his needs for outside support. The only details divulged about the project from Lee are that the story follows "human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it's not Blacula)." More below!
Lee is trying to raise $1.25 million, and he's already at $90,000, at the time of this writing, with just under a month left for people to donate. On the Kickstarter page, complete with random capitalized words, Lee talks about being bored with Hollywood films:
"With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it's not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers. I'm not hating, just stating the facts. Super Heroes, Comic Books, 3D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly through the Air while Transforming is not my Thang. To me it's not just that these Films are being made but it seems like these are the only films getting made. To The Studios it seems like every Film must be a Home run on a Global scale, a Tent Pole Enterprise, able to spin off Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel.
I have a different vision of what Cinema can be, a different vision of what some under-served Audiences might want to see. That is why I am here on KICKSTARTER, to raise the Funds for The New Spike Lee Joint, to get this BAD BOY financed. Nothing in Life is Free and if you want something you got to pay for it. If you have liked any of my Films in the past, this is the price it costs to see another one (which can be less than the cost of one Movie Ticket). We feel the different levels on contributions make it affordable for everyone to GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.
Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level? How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take? C'mon People, please get behind this Joint."
And here's the video that Lee has posted on the Kickstarter campaign page for his film:
And since this is Kickstarter, there are some pretty cool incentives to convince you to back the project. Many of them include a special online screening of the film, autographed DVDs, posters, etc. But the coolest option, that's only reserved for those willing to dish out $10,000, is basically the quintessential Spike Lee experience. For those who give $10,000, Lee will take you out to dinner and let you sit courtside with him at Madison Square Garden to watch his beloved New York Knicks. He calls that the "Award for All Playa-Plays," and that actually seems appropriate. Hopefully we'll hear more about the project after it gets funded.