With the end of Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign coming in just six days, after three weeks, it seems that the controversial director is closer than ever to reaching his goal of raising $1.25 million.
As of 12:29 p.m., Lee has raised $$1,013,992, which is more than 80 percent of his goal, and has been able to gather up that much mulah thanks to more than 4,503 pledges from fans who want to see his upcoming new film, known right now as, “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”
According to Variety, a good chunk of his profits so far have come from 26 pledges of $10,000, including one large donation from popular director Steven Soderbergh, who explained on Lee’s Kickstarter page why he felt he needed to help a brotha out. He says that he wanted to support a man who paved the way for him:
“Certain filmmakers exist outside the traditional parameters of criticism; their point of view and body of work make discussions about individual films interesting but ultimately irrelevant because each project is merely a chapter in a very long book that must (and will) be acknowledged and appreciated for its breadth, ambition, and contributions to the art of cinema. For me, Spike Lee is one of those filmmakers. He is a totally unique figure in American cinema, and he’s always gone his own way and spoken his mind (even when the commercial stakes were high), qualities which are in short supply in the film business.”
As for the other $10,000 donors, they were inspired to help thanks to promises of a dinner and a courtside seat with Spike Lee at a New York Knicks game. Some who pledged $5,000 are being promised that their name will be added as an associate producer for the film, and a few other $10,000 pledges were given “The Ultimate Filmmaker Fan Award,” which should include a day on set of the film, a day to sit with Lee during editing of it, and a master class at Lee’s production company. For smaller donations, folks have been offered memorabilia from his movies, including Malcolm X patches, Mo’ Better Blues pins and more.
While all this money has come in, information about the film has still been very little. What we do know is that it’s about human beings who are addicted to blood, and that the lead will be a new face, a young woman named Zaraah Abrahams. Lee has put out a teaser poster (above), but that’s about it. The director will continue to push to successfully finish his campaign before the August 21 end date, as he’s even having a party at the Brooklyn Bowl in…why Brooklyn of course, this Friday to help raise funds. Support independent cinema, ya’ll!