We told you last summer that Spike Lee turned to Kickstarter in order to get funding for a new project, once pitched as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.” He was hoping to raise $1.25 million for the film, offering fans all kinds of perks for their donations, including the chance to sit courtside with the die-hard Knicks fan at a game in Madison Square Garden.
Well, Lee reached his goal, and the film was made and finally given the title of Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus. The short description of the film is that it’s a reimagining of the black horror film Ganja & Hess (1973), and is about the addiction to blood. The longer, more interesting description, which comes from Shadow & Act, is this:
“…the film stars Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams in what Spike describes as a new kind of love story. Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.”
While I can’t say that I’ve been crazy about the last few Spike Lee joints that have been feature films (I’m a fan of most of his work though), I’ve always been impressed at the fact that Lee gives newer, more unknown actors, the chance to shine. And after watching the trailer, I think it’s beautifully shot and I’m pretty intrigued by the story and the glimpses of it we see in said trailer.
So what do you think? If you like what you see, you can check out the film when it’s released on February 13. Check out our conversation with Lee from last year about the film and the importance of Kickstarter support below: