By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 16, 2013 at 12:15PM
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: