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"And Da Pundits Said It Couldn't Be Done," Spike Lee posted on Instagram along with a photo of a clapboard marking the end of production on his Kickstarter-funded film, "Da Blood of Jesus." Lee tweeted last night that "Your Kickstarter Joint Just Wrapped At 936 Pm Tonight In 16 Days. Thank You." What began as a seemingly misguided effort in crowdfunding turned into an example of how to get the job done. As Indiewire's Bryce Renniger wrote: When Lee launched the campaign for "The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint," a film about "Human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of "Blacula")," he received a lot of criticism for not knowing much about the community standards of the platform he was asking for money on. He encountered the now-expected "get celebrities off of Kickstarter" backlash, but he also was »
- Paula Bernstein
Spike Lee‘s Kickstarter for The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint (here’s hoping he announces a real title soon and I can stop typing out all that word salad) ended just a few hours ago, more than $150,00 over its $1.25m goal. But even before the Kickstarter ended, Lee was hard at work assembling a cast for his crowd-funded feature. First came Stephen Tyrone Williams, a stage actor with a handful of film credits to his name (Children of God, Restless City), but a few hours later came a far more famous Williams. Michael K. Williams of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire has joined the film too. This casting alone guarantees that hordes of obsessive Wire fans will turn up to see Lee’s latest joint, which will be a love story about “human beings who are addicted to blood.” Williams (Michael K., that is) will not be playing the lead- that role will go to the »
- Adam Bellotto
Lee announced the castings Tuesday, the day before the fundraising effort concludes. The project topped its $1.25 million goal on Aug. 16 and has received $1,357,444 from 6,158 pledges as of 4 p.m. Pdt for a new film that’s known for now as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”
Lee has only described the film as being focused on human beings who are addicted to blood. “Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it’s not ‘Blacula’),” he said at the time of the campaign launch.
See Also: Spike Lee’s Kickstarter Project Hits Goal
Lee has defended using Kickstarter to raise the funds, asserting it will give him more control »
- Dave McNary
The latest big name to come to the defense of Spike Lee’s crowdfunded project for The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint is the actual website that hosted his cash-raising efforts, Kickstarter. The company posted a defense of the director on their blog on Aug. 19 after Lee began amassing criticism accusing him of abusing the crowdfunding platform and hurting the success of lesser-known projects.
Here are Kickstarter’s main lines of defense:
Success by association. Prominent directors like Lee bring along huge fanbases to Kickstarter
“Spike Lee brought three decades of fans to Kickstarter when he launched his project. He »
- Jennifer Arellano
It looks like all of Spike Lee's noisy tub-thumping for his recent successful Kickstarter campaign was not only good for him and his new movie but for the site itself. 47% of his backers had never visited the site before reports the site's Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler in a blog post entitled "The Truth About Spike Lee and Kickstarter" in which they defend celebrity crowdfunding campaigns. Lee and Zach Braff ignited controversy with their well-hyped Kickstarter fundraising at the same that their fans happily forked over the cash for them to make their movies. See the Kickstarter post below: Last week, “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint” reached its funding goal thanks to more than 5,000 backers. While filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh cheered Spike Lee’s project, outlets like CNBC and Bloomberg accused him of abusing Kickstarter and taking money from other creators. As we’ve shown before here and here, »
- Anne Thompson
I've bitched about millionaires crowdfunding their projects already but I do want to say that of the three most egregious recent examples on Kickstarter, I'm most interested in Spike Lee's. I like that he's taken to social media with such enthusiasm, which negates some of the ickiness of crowdfunding by focusing on the its first syllable.
The film already has a promotional poster...
...and is about human addicted to blood because the vampire genre is so woefully underrepresented in current cinema.
Anyway, Lee reached his $1.25 million fundraising goal two days ago (a few days early) and by the time people were blogging about its success, the director had already started shooting and that kind of enthusiasm and commitment is as infectious as bloodlust in the movies!
Today he instagrammed this photo with the caption: "Shooting Opening Credit Sequence For The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint."
anyone know who these guys are? »
- NATHANIEL R
Spike Lee’s fundraising effort has topped its $1.25 million goal, five days before the Aug. 21 deadline.
As of 10 a.m. Pdt, Lee’s campaign had received $1.302,891 million from 5,368 pledges for a new film that’s known for now as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”
“God is Great,” Lee said in a Tweet. “Jesus Saves. Special shoutout to my brother Gene who put us over our goal. We did it. We did it. $1,251,231 and still going hard.”
About a quarter of the funds have come from 28 pledges of $10,000 in exchange for dinner and a courtside seat with Lee at a New York Knicks game during the upcoming season. Lee is perhaps the best-known fan of the Knicks.
The campaign also generated $70,000 via 14 pledges of $5,000 in exchange for being named an associate producer and a $5,000 pledge in exchange for Lee flying to the donor’s hometown for a showing of any »
- Dave McNary
Well he said he was going to do and it looks like he will. Spike Lee has always said from the beginning that he will reach his goal of raising $1.25 million through Kickstarter for his next film and it looks he has nearly reached his goal. Spike has raised $1,000,605 which is about 80% of his goal, for his currently titled “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint,” and it looks likely that he will be able to raise the rest of the money by the campaign's Aug. 31 cut off date.Lee has only described the film as "being focused on human beings who are addicted to blood," and last week, he revealed that he had cast British actress Zaraah Abrahams as the female lead. »
Spike Lee’s three-week-old fundraising effort has hit the $1 million mark on Kickstarter.
As of 7 a.m. Pdt, Lee’s campaign had received $1,000,605 from 4,503 pledges — about 80% of the $1.25 million goal for a new film that’s known for now as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”
About a quarter of the funds have come from 26 pledges of $10,000 in exchange for dinner and a courtside seat with Lee at a New York Knicks game. The campaign also generated $70,000 via 14 pledges of $5,000 in exchange for being named an associate producer and another $40,000 from four $10,000 pledges for “The Ultimate Filmmaker Fan Award,” which includes a day on the set of the film, a master class at Lee’s production company and a day on watching Lee edit the film.
He’s also been offering memorabilia such as autographed “Malcolm X” patches from the crew jackets for the film for $10, with 200 backers so far. »
- Dave McNary
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