Director Spike Lee has just started the clock on a 30-day attempt to raise $1.25 million through Kickstarter.com for an untitled movie about human beings who are addicted to blood that he calls “funny, sexy, and bloody (and it’s not Blacula).”
On the project’s Kickstarter page, Lee gives almost no details about the project. The moviemaker does not reveal the title, nor does he give more details about the film.
However, he does mention that there will be a lot of sex and that if we are fans of the work he’s done in the past, and believe in him and his abilities as a filmmaker, he won’t disappoint. He welcomed all contributions to the campaign.
While most crowd-funders on Kickstarter.com can hope for little more than a seat at the premiere, Spike Lee’s biggest donors are promised dinner and a courtside seat at a New York Knicks game.
While some may be shocked that Lee has resorted to measures taken by filmmakers with far fewer resources, Hollywood connections, and bullets on their resume, remember the director styles himself as an indie filmmaker and funding can be very scarce these days.
In a letter shared by Shadow & Act, Spike writes:
“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. Superheroes, 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.”
Nonetheless, Lee seems to be off to a good start with his fund-raising. Barely half a day into his campaign, Lee has already raised over $90,000 at the time of this post. Take a look at his video pitch below which was featured on the project’s Kickstarter page.