Kickstarter Fever – Spike Lee Takes to Crowdfunding to Propel Next Project


Having teased a major announcement on Twitter for the past few weeks, Spike Lee has revealed that he will be following in the funded footsteps of Zach Braff and Rob Thomas/Kristen Bell, in appealing to his fans to help fund his untitled follow-up to Oldboy (2013), via Kickstarter.

Lee’s written plea, accompanied by a video from the director’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks building, focused on justifying his move towards the platform, suggesting that Hollywood was failing to cater to the independent filmmakers who are desperate to accommodate an “under-served audience.” In contrast to the monotony and predictability of Hollywood, Lee asks: “Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level?”

The logline for the project reveals that the film will deal with “[h]uman beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it’s not “Blacula”)”. Whether this means an addiction to violence, vampirism, or otherwise, remains to be seen.

Despite taking a sabbatical from filmmaking, Steven Soderbergh has pledged $10,000 to the cause, claiming dinner and a court-side seat for a Knicks game next to an understandably grateful Lee. Having kick-started his illustrious career with 1989’s independent drama, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, the Behind the Candelabra (2013) director has displayed a considerable statement of faith regarding Lee’s project, which Lee will hope transcends the masses.

Lee has stated that he won’t be taking a fee for the film, and all of the money donated will go into realising the project.

Literally pointing to his body of work, boasting films such as Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Clockers (1995), and Bamboozled (2000), the acclaimed director set out to assure fans that his vision, uninterrupted by the Hollywood Studio System, would be worthy of mention amongst his famous ‘joints’.

Soderbergh has put his weight behind the project, will you? With 27 days left to reach the target of $1,250,000, don’t wait until the 25th hour to back Lee’s venture.

Will you back Spike Lee in his Kickstarter campaign? What do you make of his endorsement of crowdfunding? And what direction do you hope his mysterious project will take? Leave your comments below.

Joe Harvey is the news editor at Critics Associated.