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Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler & Newlyweeds‘ Shaka King helmers are encouraging film fans to Do The Right Thing. As part of a day of action and national retail boycott, Black Friday (November 28, 2014) is a nationwide, grassroots event for people “to come out and show their solidarity in the fight for equal human rights.” Coogler and King are having a Spike Lee Script Read at the NYC Lincoln Center. For more info on the event and Black Out for Human Rights, take a look at the event press release below and the fist to face, billy club to skull police brutality bliss video collage below.
- Eric Lavallee
Turn on the news this past week and you’ll see people from around the country amassing in protest of the recent decision that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The inaction provoked conversation of race and authority in present day America, with politicians, human rights groups, and driven individuals rallying for reconsideration on the case and justice for all who’ve suffered in similar situations. This includes many in the entertainment industry, who will join forces with the Blackout for Human Rights network this Friday, Nov. 28, to keep the conversation going. In New York, a group of leading indie directors and actors will stage a special screenplay reading of Spike Lee’s "Do The Right Thing," which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2014. Blackout for Human Rights presents the event, organized by filmmakers Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") and Shaka King ("Newlyweeds"). John Turturro, »
- Matt Patches
What do feature directors do in between films? There are lots of answers of course, but one of them is commercial work. Like Spike Lee's short film on Mo'ne Davis for Chevrolet or Ava DuVernay's piece for Fashion Fair, another director has stepped into the commercial world, this time with lauded ballerina Misty Copeland. Sheldon Candis, who directed the 2012 Sundance film "Luv," has directed a web series with Copeland for Under Armour Women called "I Will What I Want." In it, she describes her inspiration and the challenges as the first black woman in two decades to be a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre. This is the latest in a growing group of »
- Jai Tiggett
Good day, horror fans. This week.s new releases are pretty limited, though each has its own rewards if you.re near where they.re playing. First is the anthology horror V/H/S: Viral, a predictably scattershot affair that features a stellar short from Open Windows director Nacho Vigalondo (you can find this one on VOD if your local big screens aren.t showing it). The second one, a NYC exclusive for this week, is the Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which our own Kristy called "a seductive journey that defies convention" in her review. Here.s hoping that flick gets enough buzz to go wide in the future. In smaller news, Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz will direct You.ll Be the Death of Me, a comedy horror that sees two New Yorkers. impending romance interrupted by a mask-wearing lunatic. Spike Lee. »
Back in August 2013, Spike Lee launched plans for his newest movie on Kickstarter, causing a big hullabaloo in the process. People questioned whether an established director like him was taking money away from other independent filmmakers and projects, even though he clarified that more people came to Kickstarter who had never heard of the service. He added that this was the new order, the new way indie filmmakers like himself got the word out.
Lee did end up earning the funding for his film, just over $1.4 million from over 6,000 backers, and now that film has finally arrived. The movie is Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a reimagining of a cult horror classic from 1973 Ganja & Hess. Indiewire has details that the film will be released in theaters and VOD, presumably with many perks for Kickstarter backers, on February 13, 2015. This follows its premiere at the American Black Film Festival back in June, »
- Brian Welk
A pseudo-remake of 1973’s Ganja & Hess, Spike Lee’s latest is ready to sink its teeth into theaters after being successfully funded through Kickstarter last year. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, you can expect Da Sweet Blood of Jesus… Continue Reading →
The post Latest Spike Lee Joint Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Flows on the Big Screen appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
The Spike Lee-directed Da Sweet Blood Jesus has been picked up by Gravitas for a theatrical/VOD release on February 13, 2015.
When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire.
The post Spike Lee’s ‘Ganja & Hess’ Redo Gets a Release Date appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Spike Lee’s had a tough few years. While “Red Hook Summer” got decent notices and made a splash at Sundance that year, the indie picture was far from box-office hit, even as specialty pictures are concerned (it could not crack $350K theatrically, but of course the picture made most of its money on VOD). Then there was his “Oldboy” remake, which was a flat out bomb, and then his latest film… well, the jury is still out on that one, but there is some good news. Lee’s next project, the Kickstarter funded “Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus,” has found theatrical distribution, and Gravitas Films will release the movie in 2015. It’s a loose remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 horror cult film “Ganja & Hess.” Here’s the official synopsis: A Spike Lee Joint, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is a new kind of love story, one that centers on »
- Edward Davis
Spike Lee’s latest film, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures! The film, which stars Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams, will be distributed in North America by Gravitas Ventures and will come to theaters and on demand Feb. 13, 2015. The film is a reinterpretation of 1973′s popular horror film “Ganja & Hess.” The film, funded through Kickstarter, made its debut at this year’s American Black Film Festival. “Making ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ is one of my most gratifying experiences in my body of work,” said Lee in a statement. “The support and love we got raising the money through Kickstarter is a [ Read More ]
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The film, which is a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror classic “Ganja & Hess,” previously made its debut earlier this year at the American Black Film Festival after a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the production.
Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on video on demand on February 13, 2015.
“Making Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is one of my most gratifying experiences in my body of work,” said Spike Lee. “The support and love we got raising the money through Kickstarter is a true blessing. I thank everyone who brought this New Spike Lee Joint to life.”
- Michelle McCue
It's been over a year since we heard any solid news on Spike Lee's indie Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. In fact, the last time we wrote about the project, it was just rounding up funding on Kickstarter and it didn't even have a title yet. Now the film has just been picked up by Gravitas Ventures for release early next year, and the first teaser poster has arrived along with the official plot. The film is described as a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film Ganja & Hess from the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and focuses on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe, and it all begins with Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams), who is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator. Here's the teaser poster for Spike Lee's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus from Gravitas Ventures: When Dr. »
- Ethan Anderton
Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American distribution rights to Spike Lee's horror film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which stars Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone. Gravitas plans to release the remake of Bill Gunn's 1973 Blaxploitation film Ganja and Hess theatrically and on VOD on February 13, 2015. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus was launched with a Kickstarter campaign last year. Read more 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus': Film Review The genre pic, from 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, is based on a script by Lee and Gunn. Tyrone plays an academic who becomes addicted to blood after finding
- Etan Vlessing
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams. Separately, Cinema Guild has acquired Asghar Farhadi’s 2009 mystery About Elly.
The reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror classic Ganja & Hess debuted earlier this year at the American Black Film Festival after a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund production.
Gravitas has set a February 13 theatrical and VOD release on the comedy romance about people addicted to blood.
Cinema Guild has picked up all Us rights from DreamLab Films to Asghar Farhadi’s mystery. Cinema Guild has set an April 8 New York theatrical release prior to nationwide expansion for the story of an Iranian teacher on a visit to the seaside who goes missing. About Elly premiered »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Since its premiere at the Abff over the summer, I've been bombarded with emails from readers, asking me if I know when the film will be released theatrically. Well, here you go folks! Wonder no more, as it's coming to a theater and/or video on demand service near you soon. Gravitas Ventures has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Spike Lee’s latest effort, the Kickstarter-funded "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus," a film that we now know is Spike's reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror classic "Ganja & Hess," which stars Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams. Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on video on demand, starting »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” is a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 “Ganja and Hess.” It debuted earlier this year at the American Black Film Festival after the Kickstarter campaign raised $1.42 million from 6,421 backers to fund the production.
Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on video on demand on Feb. 13.
During the 30-day campaign, Lee defended himself against criticism for using Kickstarter and asserted that he was helping to popularize crowdfunding.
“I really think it’s a fallacy, it’s a misconception, and it’s just plain-out wrong, with a capital W, that because someone puts $5 on my film, that was $5 that a young filmmaker was going to get,” he said a week into the campaign. »
- Dave McNary
Gravitas Ventures acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus. Pic, which stars Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams, reinterprets Bill Gunn’s 1973 Ganja & Hess. The movie got off the ground through Kickstarter funding and premiered at the American Black Film Festival. Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on video on demand on February 13, 2015.
“Making Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is one of my most gratifying experiences in my body of work,” Lee said in a statement. “The support and love we got raising the money through Kickstarter is a true blessing. I thank everyone who brought this New Spike Lee Joint to life.”
Storyline involves an addiction to blood that once doomed a long-forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
PBS said it would continue a strategy of scheduling shows with similar themes on the same evening in 2015 while expanding its Sunday-night drama lineup.
Among the highlights of the public television network’s winter and spring lineup are:
*A five-part series, “First Peoples,” that features the latest research exploring how early humans evolved and debuts Wednesday, April 29, at 10 p.m. Et
*”Earth A New Wild,” hosted by leading conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, debuts Wednesday, February 4, at 9 p.m. Et, as part of PBS’ “Think Wednesday” science and nature night.
Sundays will »
- Brian Steinberg
Dave Chappelle gave "his first in-depth interview in nearly a decade" to GQ this month, and in it he addresses his abrupt "Chappelle's Show" departure, TV binge-watching habits, impressive selfie collection and whatever the hell is going on with D'Angelo's answering machine, among other topics. Check out our full roundup below. 1. Despite all but turning his back on show business for almost ten years, he still clearly enjoys entertaining people. In addition to playing ten sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall over the summer, GQ interviewer Mark Anthony Green notes that the comedian is driven to put on a show even outside a performance context: "He's also toting around a small, very loud portable speaker that is connected to his phone. And once in a while he'll just press play for a few seconds. The sudden blaring of A Tribe Called Quest makes the guests at the Beverly Hills »
- Chris Eggertsen
Evolution Of A Criminal screens as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival Tuesday, Nov 18 at 7:10pm at the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Boulevard) with director/subject Darius Clark Monroe in attendance and to answer questions. Tickets can be purchased Here
Provocatively returning to the scene of the crime, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a bank heist as a teenager in Texas in 1997. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, Evolution Of A Criminal, executive produced by Spike Lee, explores Monroe’s transformation as a joyous childhood gives way to a sobering recognition of his family’s severe financial problems. Their struggles changed Monroe’s outlook on his own life, eventually leading to his ill-considered criminal actions. Years after the crime and his imprisonment, Darius visited his neighborhood for his documentary which creates an intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness. »
- Tom Stockman
Justin Simien’s Sundance-awarded campus comedy “Dear White People” has made a real buzz at Stockholm, with screening sold out and additional screenings added during festival’s last weekend. Since its U.S. release last month through Roadside Attractions, the film has earned more than $3 million. Pic is also about to be sold to Scandinavian territory.
Variety’s Jon Asp chatted with the director during the fest in the Swedish capital.
Variety: How has a year with the film been like, from Sundance till now?
Simien: It’s been enlightening and profound to say the least watching this film with so many different audiences. I’m so happy and grateful the response has been both
enthusiastic and thoughtful on the whole.
Variety: Could you foresee all this attention?
Simien: Since American filmmakers, particular ones dealing with racial subject matter, are oftentimes told by industry “experts” their films won’t travel »
- Jon Asp
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