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Spike Lee Defends His Kickstarter Campaign On Bloomberg TV

by Sergio
August 1, 2013 8:20 AM
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Spike Lee Bloomberg TV

No question that Spike Lee’s current Kickstarter campaign for his latest project has created some controversy, and judging from the photo above, it seems that Spike and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seem to get along.

So I’m reasoning that Spike thought he would get a warn reception when he appeared yesterday on Bloomberg TV to talk about his campaign.

Instead he got challenged from the get-go, which he obviously didn’t appreciate and was forced to defend his campaign.

But knowing Spike I’m sure he loved it as well...

Take a look:


h/t to Stacie Hawkins

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  • Joseph Kool | October 11, 2013 2:40 PMReply

    Insecure little negro

  • Miles Ellison | August 6, 2013 11:46 PMReply

    Did this network criticize Kristen Bell about Veronica Mars like this? Did they criticize Zach Braff like this? Are they going to criticize Soderbergh like this if he goes the Kickstarter route? Just asking.

  • dee | August 6, 2013 9:19 PMReply

    PREACH! Brother Spike..... sho nuff got up in he took over!

  • Sediqua | August 2, 2013 12:06 PMReply

    GET IN DAT ASS SPIKE!! lmaooo

    Did they ask the guy from Scrubs that same question?

  • TONY | August 1, 2013 5:56 PMReply

    II think the argument is that if Spike Lee is successful with this campaign, it's going to attract more well-known filmmakers. If this happens, then the people donating might gloss over the unknowns in an effort to donate to the next Soderbergh, Scorcese, Tarantino, Fincher, etc. film. This may or may not be true, but those are the concerns. And Trish was just trying to ask Spike, if you've done it before and are so well-known with such a fanbase, why turn to Kickstarter? You can do your own fundraising and leave Kickstarter for the up and comers. I don't really have a side on all this, but, even though I adore his films, I think Spike took this interview way to personally. She wasn't intentionally trying to attack him.

  • LeonRaymond | August 6, 2013 9:55 PM

    To answer your question, it's way too late -KICKSTARTER HAS LONG AGO BEFORE SPIKE BEEN HIJACKED: Here are the filmmakers that set to kickstarter campaigns
    Frances Ford Coppola, Werner Herzog, Abel Ferrera, Shemar Moore, Julie Dash and and about 10 European well known ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FILMMAKERS so we need something new something that belongs to us again cause to make non studio very personal projects that are not comic book super hero tent pole blockbusters they will be flooding to KICKSTARTER

  • Stanley | August 1, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    GAWD what an intolerable asshole he is.

  • sthn | August 1, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    1:09 look at all that panic in Trish's face! lol "Oh know what did I start!" That's right Trish. Agree with the losers on the playlist you patronizing host waste. Would you like to replace Elisabeth on the view?

  • donnadara | August 1, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    "Some have said." That is bs by definition. That's a way for people to say whatever they want to and hide behind supposed public opinion. Some could mean 10 people.

  • CC | August 1, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    THAT'S MY MAN... Spike got that ass! I loved it. Ms. Betty Crocker will think twice before coming at Spike Lee like that -- EVER AGAIN.

    Btw, Ms. KJL, did you listen? I mean, although you're probably not a disrespectful kneejerk white girl (I don't think) who hasn't lived long enough to understand Spike's significance to the world of black cinema, nevertheless he was addressing your **coughunsubstantiatedcough** opinions.

    h/t to CYNTHIA REID & MIKTAL for staying on the right side.

  • CC | August 1, 2013 3:28 PM

    Btw... I pee standing up *lol*

    But tell me the truth, are you Betty Crocker-ish or not? You know, one of Megan's friends?

  • KJL | August 1, 2013 2:56 PM

    You are too funny. . . . ."crush my spirit!" OMG, so very funny, girl I'm in stitches. REally, thanks, I needed that laugh!

  • CC | August 1, 2013 2:47 PM

    KJL, I am **shrugging my shoulders**?

    I mean, is that it... that's your final answer?

    Listen dear, I didn't mean to break your spirit nor was I trying to persuade you not to comment, but be careful of what you say when speaking about an icon the size of Spike Lee, 'cause everybody ain't tryin' to hear that mess.

    And btw, you still haven't told us how you were privy to Spike's financial affairs? And, how did you know I only spent 8 years on the little yellow bus? Who told all my business ;-0

  • KJL | August 1, 2013 2:31 PM

    Sweetheart, go back to school and stay another 12 years.

  • CC | August 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    " . . .what would my race or gender have to do with ANYTHING related to the topic at hand?"

    If you don't know the answer to that question, therein lies the answer.

    Now, even though you believe your race or gender doesn't have a bearing on how you percieve this issue, lets take a look at some of your other "questionalble" remarks -- which could be defined as "unsubstantiated".

    "The fact that he can use the main stream media like Bloomberg, to promote his campaign, in and of itself WRONG and indicative of someone who should be able to get the money through traditional means. He is trying to act like he is the same unknown filmmaker he was back in 1985, and HE IS NOT"

    KJL, you can chose to wave the white flag, tap the mat or feign ignorance, but that comment is not fact based. But wait, before your knees jerk, lets look at another of your unsubstantited opinions--> "Truth is, Spike IS worth 10s of millions". Really KJL, so now your his accountant? Or maybe you're an IRS agent bent on leaking Spike's business? Oh my Ms. anecdotal knowledge, you sure know how to twist that thang but please know that you're not fooling anyone but yourself.

    Listen--> "People giving money--do you really know what your monetary energy is being used to finance?" ~ KJL

    DUH! Did you even watch the video or read Cynthia's post with an unbiased heart? Geeez... and you asked what does your age, race and gender have to do with anything related to the topic at hand? WOW!

  • KJL | August 1, 2013 1:37 PM

    . . . .what would my race or gender have to do with ANYTHING related to the topic at hand? And what unsubstantiated opinions are you referencing. I write from a position of first hand, anecdotal knowledge, not unsubstantiated gossip--unlike yourself.

  • Cynthia Reid | August 1, 2013 12:14 PMReply

    Just so you know @KJL, I'm giving--as most folks are--based on his TRACK RECORD. I'm not sure if folks understand that Hollywood is NOT into making small-budget indie films, especially by black filmmakers. So projects that cater to a subset (ethnic, gay, woman-centered,etc...) are often overlooked, no matter how worthy the project may be. Also, some of you may want to start with the old S&A site and go through the S&A archives here on Indiewire to see not only how long he's been trying to get various indie projects funded by "traditional" sources, but to also get a TRUE and ACCURATE assessment of ALL the filmmakers he's helped (financially and otherwise) over the years that you don't know about. And in case you didn't know, he did finance RED HOOK SUMMER.

    Btw, if you really think Trish Regan would have treated Redford or Scorsese the same way in the above interview, then I've got a magic rock to sell you. If Scorsese or Redford started a Kickstarter campaign, I'd gladly give to them along with a myriad of other filmmakers like Julie Dash, Euzhan Palcy and others who have a PROVEN TRACK RECORD. The fact that Spike has to defend himself is reprehensible. Me giving to them doesn't distract or "take away" my support of newbie artist. In fact, it's the opposite. My giving is limitless.

  • DJ | August 1, 2013 2:50 PM

    As Spike continues to recount his filmography for the public --- which he has a right to because most are short on memory --- he'd do well to conveniently leave out RHS. Razzie of the decade, the cinematic equivalent of metal and wood being bolted together with no seamless design, structure and effect. He should also take charge of his own scripts again as sole screenwriter.

  • KJL | August 1, 2013 1:32 PM

    YOU SAID: I'd gladly give to them along with a myriad of other filmmakers like Julie Dash, Euzhan Palcy and others who have a PROVEN TRACK RECORD.

    Ok, so that defeats the very purpose of Kickstarter, which was meant to help talented artist who are long on talent, and short on "track record." If it is only about the "track record" then the only films that get produced will be the same old same old. And again, in Hollywood, you are only as good as your last project (in a sense) so applying your theory there, Spike gets no money. . . . .hum, do you think that could be what is happening. . . . ?

  • KJL | August 1, 2013 1:19 PM

    Hi, and yes he did self finance his last joint RHS, and it made like $0 in profit--I think he said to himself, "not doing that again." And I would argue that Hollywood supports WHATEVER makes $$--if that were not true Spike would not have been able to make many of his other joints like Bamboozled, She Hate Me, Girl 6, and dare I say that "big budget flop" Miracle at St Anna, for which he got $40 million from traditional Hollywood, and which didn't even break the $10 million dollar mark in returns (can you say career killer). He got money for those earlier projects because the prevailing view in Hollywood was that Spike Lee was a hot and bankable director--now, not so much--thus he actually NEEDS a platform like Kickstarter, to in a sense prove himself once again, to traditional Hollywood (funny thing though, while people are freely giving their money, many apparently have been more discerning with their discretionary income for "date night at the cinema"). One more thing--up to his last huge flop, MASA, he used a private financier John Kilik, (and it would seem that even he has turned away from Spike) so it's not as though he has only really relied on Studio money to get his joints made--Sorry, I call BS on Spikes argument--his films just are not making the money that real investors need to see before they give their money. If this demonic, blood flick is hugely successful, I suspect Spike Lee will be the biggest thing since Mars Blackman.

  • Sweeta | August 1, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    This shit was way juicier than I expected. Haha!

  • LeonRaymond | August 1, 2013 10:53 AMReply

    For S&A readers, Question -How long did it take the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign to reach it's goal and I think they asked for much more than he is asking. And Zach Braff's campaign did not take long either. Remember Spike is extremely stubborn, something that is not always good in the film industry so him not releasing more details like Veronica Mars did might be his detriment

  • Charles Judson | August 1, 2013 11:27 AM

    At 40% funded with 20 days to go, he'll be fine. In fact, he's averaging $206 per donation. Braff's campaign exceeded his goal, averaging $66 per donation. MARS averaged $62 per donation. Averaging $60 to a $80 is the sweet spot for most film campaigns. Live it that space, or exceed it, you'll hit your goal. It's not the size of your base that matters, it's how passionate and engaged they are that matters.

  • KJL | August 1, 2013 11:12 AM

    He will make his goal--that is clear--it is just sad that the people giving money are doing so based on his celebrity--and not on the merits of the project. The fact that he can use the main stream media like Bloomberg, to promote his campaign, in and of itself WRONG and indicative of someone who should be able to get the money through traditional means. He is trying to act like he is the same unknown filmmaker he was back in 1985, and HE IS NOT--he is now an internationally renowned director. His Kickstarter is, for me woulds be like Kobe Bryant going back and joining his college basketball team--sure it would pull the crowds, and he would really out-shine everyone else, but really, wouldn't it be a bit beneath him. . . .? But the bottom line is--there is no shortage of sheep in the world--people will follow celebrities to hell, and not even know that they are being led.

  • Celluloidread | August 1, 2013 10:45 AMReply

    Right on, Spike!

  • DJ | August 1, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    With all due respect, Spike, Crowdfunding has been around for more than 4 years. It's not the "next" new wave... in tech/entertainment terms, that's a long while. It's about as novel as Final Draft is to word processing.

    Just crossing my fingers that he's not trying to do a sequel to Vampire in Brooklyn.

  • She's_not_having_it | August 1, 2013 10:19 AMReply

    The only thing to be said here is, if this movie isn't important enough to Mr. Lee to finance himself, when he could easily do so, why should anyone else pay for it? And why is Mr. Lee offering nothing but trinkets to his "investors"? Is he a charity case now?

    And he's a "professor" at NYU because they pay him, and the respect and admiration he gets there are priceless.

    What a self-serving boor.

  • Cynthia Reid | August 1, 2013 9:01 AMReply

    But honestly, do you think she would have opened her segment this way if she was talking to Robert Redford or Martin Scorsese? This was a DESPICABLE interview. Challenging is not a big deal, he's use to that...That's been the basis of his whole career. But the whole premise of this interview was to discredit. It was poor journalism. Anyways, I'm increasing my pledge. Go Spike!

  • KJL | August 1, 2013 10:03 AM

    SO I ask you the question, could you imagine Redford or Scorsese turning to Kickstarter to finance their next film project? As you get that in your mind, no ask yourself that question. . . .of COURSE SHE WOULD! It would be an even bigger deal--like why are YOU on Kickstarter sir--you have made BILLIONS and untold BILLIONS--you can not raise 1.25 million? So you and Spike need to get off of the victim crap. Truth is, Spike IS worth 10s of millions--is upper east side home alone is worth between 20-30 million, I know this to be a fact--so it is a valid question, and way to open a segment for Bloombergs target audience. Also, something fishy is about the way he is sounding like a broken record in all of his interviews--ever think about he theme--blood addiction, the underworld, dark, demonic theme this film is based on, and the fact that he needs to raise at least $41,666.666... per day to achieve his goal. People giving money--do you really know what your monetary energy is being used to finance?

  • miktal | August 1, 2013 9:20 AM

    Yeah, I agree

    They are not bringing a newsworthy story, that are airing their opinion on it. She clearly already agreed with the naysayers, which is bad journalism.

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