Since its premiere at the ABFF over the summer, I’ve been bombarded with emails from readers, asking me if I know when the film will be released theatrically. Well, here you go folks! Wonder no more, as it’s coming to a theater and/or video on demand service near you soon.
Gravitas Ventures has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Spike Lee’s latest effort, the Kickstarter-funded “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” a film that we now know is Spike’s reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror classic “Ganja & Hess,” which stars Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams.
Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on video on demand, starting on February 13, 2015.
Today’s news is also accompanied by the film’s official synopsis, as well as release poster (see it above).
Its synopsis reads: “A Spike Lee Joint, DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a
new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that
once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green
(Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed
artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is
uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms
his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to
the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed
man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes
looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with
Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status
in our seemingly sophisticated society. A reinterpretation of Bill
Gunn’s horror cult film “Ganja & Hess”, which played as a Critics’ Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.”
Said Spike Lee: “Making DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is one of my most gratifying experiences in my body of work… The support and love we got raising the money through Kickstarter is a true blessing. I thank everyone who brought this New Spike Lee Joint to life.”
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Spike Lee to release DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS in theatres and on demand across North America,” added Nolan Gallagher, Gravitas Ventures’ Founder and CEO. “The performances from emerging talents Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone infuse what will be one of the most talked about films from Spike’s storied career.”
The film also has a new Facebook page, which you can find here, where you can keep up with its travels: www.facebook.com/DaSweetBloodofJesus
The pick-up deal was brokered by Nolan Gallagher at Gravitas with ICM Partners on behalf of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.
“Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” is produced by Chiz Schultz (who also produced “Ganja & Hess”) and Spike Lee, co-produced by Jason Sokoloff, with cinematography by Daniel Patterson, costume design by Ruth E. Carter, production design by Kay Lee, and editing by Randy Wilkins.
The production company is 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. The original songs soundtrack is from Epic Records.
Now we wait for the first official release trailer… in the meantime, find our review of the film (after its ABFF screening) here if you missed it.