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: