Spike Lee Launches Kickstarter Campaign For New Film

Director seeks $1.25 million from fans.

Posted: 07/23/2013 12:00 PM EDT
Spike Lee

Die-hard film fans now have a chance to be a part of the next Spike Lee joint. 

The iconic director has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd source funding for his next project, an untitled venture about, he says, "human beings who are addicted to blood."

An award-winning director used to working within the studio system doesn't seem like a ripe candidate for socially-driven Kickstarter, but Lee claims its a vital tool to get independent films made. “The only way to ensure as an independent filmmaker that your vision is on the screen is when you bring the money to the table,” he says in this explanatory video, set to the track “Fight the Power.”

“My first feature film was She’s Gotta Have It,” he continues. "We shot it in the summer of 1985, 12 days, two six-day weeks, for $175,000. But now, that can’t work."

Supporters of the film will get hooked up with all kinds of treats depending on the size of their donation, ranging from a personal "thank you" tweet from Lee to a chance to have dinner and sit courtside with the director at a New York Knicks game. 

To make a donation or learn more about the project, visit Lee's Kickstarter page here and watch the video below to hear more of what he has to say about the film.

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(Photo: Courtesy KickStarter)

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