Spike Lee Hits Kickstarter to Fund “Blood Addiction” Movie

Posted by at 11:43 am on July 22, 2013

Spike Lee KickstarterSpike Lee has turned to Kickstarter to raise $1.25 million in funds in the next 30 days for a new film that’s known for now as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.” Lee is among most high-profile creatives to tap into his fanbase for crowdfunded financing.

In a video posted on Kickstarter, Lee noted that the “Veronica Mars” film used Kickstarter to raise $5 million earlier this year. Actor-director Zach Braff raised $3.1 million for his film “Wish I Was Here” in May.

Lee gave few details about the project, but described it as being focused on human beings who are addicted to blood. “Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it’s not ‘Blacula’),” he added. The top Kickstarter donation for Lee’s film is $10,000 — which will get the donor a courtside seat with Lee for a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Lee is perhaps the best-known fan of the NBA team.

For a $1,000 pledge, a donor will be an extra in the film. One early backer had pledged $250 for a pair of tickets to the film’s New York premiere and another pledged  $250 for two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere. The filmmaker appealed to potential supporters by touting the film as counter to the current high-priced tentpoles.

“Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level?” he asked in a quintessentially Lee-esque statement exhorting his supporters to “GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.” “How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take?”

“Nothing in Life is Free and if you want something you got to pay for it,” the statement said.

Lee is in post-production on “Oldboy,” a remake of the critically-acclaimed 2003 South Korean thriller that bows Oct. 25 through FilmDistrict. He had a $30 million budget to work with — considerably higher than the $1.25 million he’s asking for on Kickstarter for which he vows “Every Dollar will go up on the Screen and not into my pocket.”

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