Count Spike Lee as the next celebrity to embrace Kickstarter. Following in the likes of the Veronica Mars team and Zach Braff, Lee is counting on a legion of internet fanboys to supply the green to make his next movie a reality.Per the famed director’s Kickstarter page:
“With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it’s not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers. I’m not hating, just stating the facts. Super Heroes, Comic Books, 3D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly through the Air while Transforming is not my Thang. To me it’s not just that these Films are being made but it seems like these are the only films getting made. To The Studios it seems like every Film must be a Home run on a Global scale, a Tent Pole Enterprise, able to spin off Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel.
“I have a different vision of what Cinema can be, a different vision of what some under-served Audiences might want to see. That is why I am here on KICKSTARTER, to raise the Funds for The New Spike Lee Joint, to get this BAD BOY financed. Nothing in Life is Free and if you want something you got to pay for it. If you have liked any of my Films in the past, this is the price it costs to see another one (which can be less than the cost of one Movie Ticket). We feel the different levels on contributions make it affordable for everyone to GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.”
The movie promises to be about humans who are addicted to blood. Can’t say that we’ve ever seen Lee delve into pulp fiction like this, but it seems inevitable that this thing gets made: the director is asking for $1.25 million to be donated, a shoestring budget by Hollywood standards. Lee should be fine, considering Braff met his (larger) milestone within days. And, whew, will this one be independent. He might just have to cast some random friends with a budget like that.
Looking at his Kickstarter page, there are some pretty rad incentives for those willing to dig deep. Movie premiers and cameos in the flick abound, but two special people really down with the cause get what could be the night of their lives:
“This Award Is For All Playa-Playas. For 10 Grand I’m Taking You to Dinner, Then You Will Have The Honor And Privilege To Sit Next To Me (IN MY WIFE’S TONYA’S SEAT) COURTSIDE – FRONT ROW IN THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE AT THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARENA – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TO SEE OUR BELOVED NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS, ORANGE AND BLUE SKIES. IF YOU DON’T KNOW THIS IS ONE OF THE TRUE GREAT SPORTING EVENTS TODAY. YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS EXPERIENCE AS LONG AS YOU LIVE. THIS IS A VERY LIMITED ITEM. YOU SLOW – YOU BLOW. THIS IS BIG, BIG TIME. PS. KNICKS WILL BE GREAT THIS COMING NEW SEASON.”
CHUUUCH. Imagine watching J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani try to out-chuck each other with Spike Lee screaming in your ear like a madman. All for the low, low price of $10,000.
Don’t be so cheap, man. DIG DEEP.