An update I'm sure you all would like to be made aware of from the Kickstarter page for Spike Lee's mystery joint (thanks Numa for the heads-up):
English Actor, Ms. Zaraah Abrahams has been offered the Woman Lead in my New Film here on Kickstarter. I first saw Zaraah in BLACK GIRL IN PARIS, this is a NYU GRAD Thesis Film Directed by Kiandra Parks, a Student of mine. I remember Kiandra screening a rough cut of her film in my NYU Office, as I watched I kept being drawn to the Co-Star, she was dominating this 20 Minute Film. After the screening was done I told Kiandra that “She had a very good film” and “Who is the Co-Star? What is her name? Where did she come from? How did you find her? How come she is the Co-Star and not the lead? I need to get in touch with her.” I tracked her down and Zarrah is even better than I thought. If I know anything, I know Young Talent. These are Individuals who have that special something, a true gift from God and they only need the platform, the vehicle to “SHOW DA WORLD” what they got.
So obviously, he's cast his lead actress.
Interestingly, Black Girl In Paris is a film we first highlighted on this blog last fall, and have been tracking since then, so this is good to hear!
Congrats to Ms Abrahams on getting the role! This will likely be her highest-profile Stateside project to date!
This news comes on the heels of Spike's announcement that Raphael Saadiq would be scoring the film.
Still no word on what this new Spike Lee joint is about, and we're all anxious to get the full story... eventually. All we know is that there'll be lots of nudity and blood addiction. But it's not a vampire film, as he's emphasized.
As of the time of this post, he's raised just over $681,000 of his $1.25 million Kickstarter campaign goal, with 16 days left. Will he get there? Well, he's raised just about half of what he needs in the first 2 weeks of the campaign, so there's no reason to believe the second and final 2 weeks won't be just as fruitful.
To contribute to the campaign, click HERE.
Read our interview with Spike, in which he discusses the campaign and project, HERE, if you haven't.