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Here It Is Folks! The First Trailer for Spike Lee’s Kickstarter-Funded ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’

Here It Is Folks! The First Trailer for Spike Lee’s Kickstarter-Funded 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus'

Well, here it is folks! 

The first trailer for Spike Lee’s Kickstarter-funded "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus," which, as we’ve already told you, is a remake/reimagining of Bill Gunn’s woefully-underseen 1973 film that revolutionized the vampire genre, "Ganja & Hess."

It’s as film that I saw over the summer, at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) where it premiered, and, suffice it to say that, while I appreciated its somewhat experimental nature, I had, shall we say, some *issues* with it. Although it is better to be provoked, than not, especially when it comes to art, I suppose. But Zeba Blay, who also saw it at the ABFF, reviewed it, expressing some of my own thoughts on it as well. If you missed it, read her review here.

In short, the film stars Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams in what Spike describes as a new kind of love story. Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society. 

Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Joie Lee, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, Jeni Perillo round out the film’s cast. Just a couple of weeks ago, Gravitas Ventures announced its acquisition of North American rights to "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus," with a theatrical and on video on demand release, starting on February 13, 2015.

Here’s the brand new trailer, hot off the presses:

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Different from his other work but a definite positive, you can tell he has grown as an artist. Seems like there’s a emphasized cinematographic element that I LOVE… the colors against the skin, any of those still frames could be in a high fashion magazine… excited for this joint


So interested! Looks great. I totally agree with Leonraymond. This doesn’t look a lot like Spike, but it’s definitely pro.

Chasity F

Spike is stepping outside his comfort zone and is finally letting all his knowledge and film skills and education
shine it looks good cannot wait to see it.


I WANT TO SEE NOW!!! #gospike


Looks good or bad depending what angle you looking at. Nonetheless, I’m still excited to watch it.

Jib Arm

spike is gone and not in a good way

James Madison

The trailer is intriguing, and I agree what with Daryl said.

I wish there was a balance between "commercial" and "non commercial films".


I’m in, by the look of the trailer, it’s going to be Spike Lee Joint. We need this non-compromising films in a world full of compromising commercial films that challenges and engages the audience instead of exploiting them like robots for the corporate wall st machine.


A pure art house film, something film critics will probably enjoy, but general public not so much.


The movie is terrible. You all enjoy now!


I’m sold. And glad to see Spike didn’t shy away from the sexuality of the original.


Looks god awful. What happened to you Spike


Looks good


I liked it, you barley see Spike’s style in it -he went completely Indie Arty and that’s good a good thing for him. it feels like a Director did this who hails from a African-Caribbean background!

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