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Spike Lee Officially Reaches $1.25 Million Kickstarter Campaign Goal For Mystery Project

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 16, 2013 12:15 PM
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With 5 days to go, Spike Lee has officially reached his $1.25 million Kickstarter campaign goal a few moments ago for his mystery blood addiction project.

So it looks like the next Spike Lee joint has been officially greenlit, we could say. A film's going to be made.

The teaser poster follows below. It doesn't tell us anything new, other than what we already know about its focus on human beings addicted to blood (although it's not a vampire movie).

And if you missed the news, Spike revealed the first actor cast in the mystery project - Zaraah Abrahams, who'll be playing the film's leading lady. See that post HERE.

Also, Raphael Saadiq will compose the film's soundtrack.

Stay tuned for word on who else will be involved in the project, both in front of and behind the camera.

And while I'm certainly glad to see this incredible groundswell of support for Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign, despite initial criticism, I just thought I'd take a minute to remind everyone who contributed to his campaign in any way (whether directly monetarily, or otherwise) not to forget the "little guys," the filmmakers/content creators who really are resource-strapped, and don't have the celebrity reach that people like Spike Lee, Zach Braff, the Veronica Mars crew, Shemar Moore and other celebs who've successfully raised hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, have.

We post about 2 to 3 Kickstarter campaigns every week on this site and it would great to see a similar kind of groundswell of support for those non-celebrity projects - the majority of them asking for a tiny fraction of what the celeb campaigns are asking for; usually in the $10,000 to $20,000 range, and not much more; Campaigns that really shouldn't have a lot of difficulty attracting contributions, given their size, but often go right down to their final hours before reaching their goals, that is if they even do.

So if you contributed to any of the above mentioned campaigns in any way - whether you gave money, or shared any of the campaigns within your online and offline social networks, encouraging others to give, or you gave coverage to any of them on your blogs, etc, etc, etc - I strongly encourage you to do the same for those non-celeb campaigns that could really use your help. The financially-strapped artist next door, whose talent you admire/appreciate, and who really doesn't have as many options as the above-mentioned do. Help them out too, if you aren't already doing so. Be just as decisive and unrelenting in your support. It's not only good for them, but great for independent black cinema in general.

Now we wait in anticipation to see what Spike's been cooking up...

In the meantime, a thank you from the man himself:

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  • Donella | August 17, 2013 9:07 AMReply

    I like Raphael Saadiq, always, but Terence Blanchard's scores are majestic. All things must change.

  • MDA | August 16, 2013 11:00 PMReply

    I wanted to donate just so I could get a Mo' Betta Blues pin but I'm still annoyed by his behavior at his summer 2011 pop up shop in Fort Greene. I spent $40 for a book and a MJ/DJ Spinna t-shirt and he had a horrible attitude when I finally came to the table for an autograph I didn't really care about. He didn't make eye contact or say anything. No "thanks for supporting" or anything. I just wanted to come out support him. What makes that situation even worse is that I'm a Spelhouse alum, as he is.

    I'm wondering if his attitude also has something to with funding issues. Another S&A reader suggested he may have burned some bridges and I can see that.

    One thing I have been meaning to bring up on here are the S&H prices for the perks. $15 to ship a book? Kickstarter gets a portion of the money, right? Maybe he's trying to recoup that money? Who is setting those shipping rates?

    Based on what he's shared thus far, the project does seem interesting.

    Anyway, I still wish him well in his endeavors despite his stank 'tude.
    -Michellei just won't financially supporting at this time.

  • Anthony E. | August 16, 2013 6:22 PMReply

    Is this the state of indy black cinema? Has it come to the cream of the crop BARELY making his quota and at the last minute at that. Think of the fact that had it not been for Steven Soderbergh this project would not become lit. Soderbergh is the black savior again as he was with KILLER OF SHEEP by Charles Burnett. Still if you look at the numbers, there is some 28 people that submitted $10,000 or more. It took moments for Veronica Mars and although some slack Zach Braff met his goal in a short amount of time.
    Well while these celebs become even more noticed the other struggling projects are lost.
    Check out a real indy struggle that has only 6 more days to raise nearly 7 more grand. A fascinating synopsis on relationships to be shot entirely on the iPhone 5. From Craig Ross Jr., the director of BLUE HILL AVENUE & CAPPUCCINO, also if you contribute, you will be able to obtain this hard to find cult classic that has been hardly seen.
    THE AFFAIR on Kickstarter.

  • Charles Judson | August 16, 2013 8:43 PM

    As of this post, Spike is averaging $236 per pledge. Anything above $40 per pledge almost guarantees you will hit your goal. He didn't barely make it, he actually crushed it. The Braff and MARS campaigns hovered around $70 per pledge.

    Being harsh, Ross's twitter numbers alone don't bode well. Three hundred tweets and fewer than 200 followers are lackluster numbers to establish a crowdfunding campaign on. Doesn't mean he won't make it, but if this was war, he decided to get in before he even had half the pieces he should have. If we want to see more campaigns we are invested in succeed, we have to encourage Filmmakers to build a solid social media and email base before they launch a crowd sourcing campaign.

  • Yasss | August 16, 2013 2:05 PMReply

    Good for him. I knew he was going to do it....Brooklyn never fails.

  • Winston | August 16, 2013 1:21 PMReply

    How much do you want to bet that Spike and his fam will eat at Red Lobster tonight?

  • BluTopaz | August 16, 2013 12:30 PMReply

    Now he can share the synopsis - vampires attack Red Hook during one hot Summer. Even the poster says so.

  • BluTopaz | August 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    DJ I believe even Spike would rofl cuz your 40 Acres mashup is funny as hell!

  • DJ | August 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    ...but then, during the heat of the summer of sam, the levees near Fairway break, forcing the vampires' proteges, 4 little girls, to do the right thing and initiate a city wide blood drive with the tagline: She's Gotta Have It. Two little girls from Crooklyn get bamboozled and sucked dry. They are girls 5 and 6.

    A human informant, an inside man, who's known for having a whole lotta game, tips off their plan and sounds the alarm: Before you get schooled, or worse, dazed, pray, instead, to St. Anna for a miracle.

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