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Ya-Dig? Spike Lee Hits Kickstarter To Raise $1.25 Million For His Next Film

Ya-Dig? Spike Lee Hits Kickstarter To Raise $1.25 Million For His Next Film

Well, here’s a pretty good summary of this news, courtesy of Matt Patches: “Kickstarter: Veronica Mars movie tapped cult fever, Zach Braff relied on Garden State love, Spike Lee asks us to believe in auteurship.” Indeed, if the crowd-sourcing campaigns that have lit up social media sites drew on nostalgia and dedicated fan-bases, Spike Lee is hoping that folks who want to see and support real cinema will reach into their pockets and help him get his next movie made. That’s right, a Spike Lee joint has just hit Kickstarter.

The filmmaker is asking for $1.25 million and he admits he watched the previously, hugely successful campaigns and hopes he can benefit in the same way. Here’s what he had to say about trying to find money these days in the studio system versus his own vision for what cinema is and should be:

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 curious thing is that unlike other campaigns for movies, Spike Lee is keeping details close to the vest. There’s no movie title, and he’ll only say that the film is about the “addiction of blood” (but it’s not a vampire movie), and he promises it will feature a lot of sex. No word yet on a cast either. However, Spike is hoping you’ll look at his body of work and decide not just to invest in a single movie, but a filmmaker who is not only proven, but influential and destined to go down in history as one of American cinema’s finest.

Thoughts? We’ll let you battle it out below, but damn if we had $10,000 lying around, we’d definitely pay to hang with Spike at a Knicks game, sho-nuff.

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These comments are retarded. I'd LOVE to see just one of you produce a full length feature film, at Spike Lee's level, mind you, and finance it yourselves, deal with actors and unions, music, location fees, taxes, equipment…ect. You can't. You never will. I don't care what he's like as a person…he makes amazing films.


It's a movie about CONFLICT, and there's an INCITING ACTION with a twist of VIOLENCE and ROMANCE

The Baroness

I used to think I liked Spike Lee films. Following him on Twitter effectively turned me off him as a person (like it has done for most folks whose output I used to respect) but I still thought I liked his films. Until I pulled out the 8 or so I own over the last months. And though his movies have cultural relevance, you know what, he's really NOT a great film-maker. Sit down and watch 'She Gotta Have It', 'School Daze' and 'Do The Right Thing' and for the most part you will see some terrible acting, terrible cinematography and TERRIBLE writing. Why the heck did I think this was good film-making once upon a time? I think because I like all types of narrative I respected the fact they existed. But he's how many years in and exempt 'Get On The Bus', 'Bamboozled', 'When The Levees Broke (a documentary) and 'Malcolm X' despite the many historical inaccuracies this is NOT a strong film-maker, especially when he himself writes the script.

With that said and done, if someone can afford TWO $3000 floor seats PER GAME and owns property in NYC don't ask me to bankroll your ish. Proclaiming it's 'for the cause' is further insult to boot. Dear Spike, the 'cause' is NOT the 'Spike Lee' cause to fund you to make another weak-as-hell 'Red Hook Summer'. You're sick of Hollywood? Didn't they just pay your ass to re-make 'Old Boy'. Nah uh, son, seriously get the eff ON with that BS #ShoNuff #RightOn


"Searching For Ben Affleck" TRAILER at Kickstarter:

Andrew from Troy

Everyone's been bitching about how terrible it is that Spike has millions, yet goes to Kickstarter to finance his next film. But here's something I haven't heard anyone talking about:

Spike never says that he's not investing his own money into this project as well. Maybe he's putting up 1.25 million of his own and is only asking fans for half the budget. Anyone ever think of that? And not just for this film, but for all Kickstarter projects?

Also, I'm guessing that people who do Kickstarters have to pay for the rewards (t-shirts, posters, DVDs) themselves. This isn't nearly as much as the full project, but it certainly has to count for something, right?


I just watched Red Hook Summer and I honestly think he lost his touch. Oldboy doesn't look all that promising either but it does look expensive. How are we suppose to get behind someone fighting the power who is about to release a blockbuster film?


What an entitled piece of shit. a million dollars is chump change to this cocksucker ya dig? Fuck him, he can cancel his next vacation and make a movie while the rest of us struggle to do so while working a dead end job.

Come on

First of all, does anyone actually "forget" his body of work? Like he claims around 2:30?

Come one. He's been in this business for a LONG time. Are we supposed to honestly believe that he doesn't have the connections, the relationships, to make this film, let along his own personal net worth?

"Fight the Power"? What power? What man is keeping him down? Here's a crazy idea, make films that connect with audiences, like he used to do, and those audiences will support him and his financial endeavors.

I find this video absolutely ridiculous on a number of levels.

Jerry Maguire


Spike Lee just did what looks like a for-hire studio film, and he's saying he can't get 1 million from someone for his own thing? What a cheap ass

Richard Schitz

"Ya-Dig"??? "Sho-Nuff"???

Really Playlist?

"Spike Lee is black don't-cha-know!"

Julie Jay

So over celebrities using kickstarter when they have their own $$… This is a pretty funny take on it:

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