Spike Lee has always been something of a Hollywood outsider — a successful one, but still on the fringes. He borrowed money from family and friends to make his first feature, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, and further into his career he turned to black businesspeople and celebrities such as Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan to help him finish Malcolm X (what a fantastic movie!) when the film company wouldn’t increase his budget. Then Lee dug into his own pockets to fund his last film, Red Hook Summer, which grossed a mere $338,803. (We hear it wasn’t good. Thoughts?
Now he has decided, like other mostly indie filmmakers have done, to reach out to his fans and others to help fund his new film through a Kickstarter campaign called “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint,” reports Black Film.
Lee is looking to raise $1.25 million through the program. Contributors will get something back. “A minimum $5 contribution will get you a customized ‘thanks’ tweet from the famed filmmaker. Those kicking in $10,000 or more will — among other prizes — get to sit courtside with Spike Lee, a famously passionate New York Knicks Fan, at Madison Square Garden,” reports The Verge.
On his Kickstarter page, Lee writes:
When you are blessed to do that especially if you’re an Artist it can bring those emotions of the Human Experience to your Audience (if you are Lucky). The catch is Filmmaking is an Artform that costs M-O-N-E-Y. That is why I’m appealing to the Kindness in your Hearts, to the Faithful who have given me the much needed Love and Support over my 3 decades of Spike Lee Joints….
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…
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.
The movie, according to the clip below, is about the addiction to blood and there’s “a lot of sex in it too.” Well, all right.
The campaign runs through August 21. So far, in one day, it has raised nearly $11,700 from 254 people, most of them giving $100 or less. (Spike points out that the Veronica Mars movie that just debuted its trailer at Comic Con, raised $5.7 million from fans of the long-cancelled program.
Will you contribute to Lee’s Kickerstarter campaign? If it’s going to be anything like Do The Right Thing, we’re in.