Just over a week ago, I received an email alerting me to an upcoming big announcement Spike Lee was scheduled to make at his 40 Acres Brooklyn office. We (the press) were to congregate there last week Monday to witness firsthand what Spike's revelation was to be. The announcement got pushed back to this week (tomorrow, actually), and while I'm still scheduled to attend, my guess is that THIS is what Spike's big announcement is supposed to be: he's launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1.25 million to fund his next feature film!
What's interesting is that, on the project's Kickstarter page, he doesn't say much about the project. He doesn't even give a title, nor tell us what it's about, other than that if we love what he's done before, and believe in him and his abilities as a filmmaker, knowing that he won't disappoint, then we should contribute to the campaign.
Although, my guess is that, assuming tomorrow's meeting with the press is still on, he will likely reveal further details about the project - hopefully giving us some idea of what it's about.
But instead of me summarizing, I'll just let you have it directly from the man himself.
He starts with this letter:
Human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it's not "Blacula")...
I say my Prayers every night because I have been able to do what I Love and I Love what I do. I am a Filmmaker and I'm blessed. Most people on this God's Earth go to the grave hating the occupation they had. When you Love what you do it's not a job, it's something you would do for free because it brings True Joy to your Heart and Soul. When you are blessed to do that especially if you're an Artist it can bring those emotions of the Human Experience to your Audience (if you are Lucky). The catch is Filmmaking is an Artform that costs M-O-N-E-Y. That is why I'm appealing to the Kindness in your Hearts, to the Faithful who have given me the much needed Love and Support over my 3 decades of Spike Lee Joints. You have been there from BACK IN DA DAY with my Feature Film debut SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT (1986) to the present with RED HOOK SUMMER. Your support has been instrumental in helping to launch the Film Careers of Halle Berry, Rosie Perez, Martin Lawrence, Queen Latifah, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Jasmine Guy, John Turturro, Robin Harris, Anthony Mackie, Mekhi Phifer, Kerry Washington, Bill Nunn and Delroy Lindo who were showcased in my Films.
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. Super Heroes, 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. Nothing in Life is Free and if you want something you got to pay for it. If you have liked any of my Films in the past, this is the price it costs to see another one (which can be less than the cost of one Movie Ticket). We feel the different levels on contributions make it affordable for everyone to GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.
Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level? How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take? C'mon People, please get behind this Joint.
As I stated in the Video, I promise on my Mother's Grave and Right Hand to the Almighty - every Red Cent, every Wooden Nickel, every Dollar will go up on the Screen and not into my pocket. I'm not taking a Fee, your generous contributions will get this Film made.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture. If we don't attain our goal of raising $1,250,000 in 30 DAYS all pledges will be released and it won't get made and we can't let that be an option. So tell yo Friends, Relatives, Co-Workers, everybody to chip in LET'S GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.
In closing I will continue to do My Thang and this Joint, which YOU THE PEOPLE financed is gonna be HOT and DAT'S DA TRUTH, RUTH. Ya-Dig? Sho-Nuff.
Spike Lee - Filmmaker
Da Republic of Brooklyn, New York
And here's his video pitch (to contribute, click HERE to head over the project's Kickstarter page, where he's raised $1257 as of the time of this post, or click within the widget below):