Spike Lee got in front of a camera on Wednesday and gave his two cents on everything from the state of film today, the Trayvon Martin story and his Kickstarter campaign to raise $1.25 million for a new independent project.
The veteran director hailed Fruitvale Station as his "favorite movie of the year," pointing out that the timing of the film's release with the Trayvon Martin trial helped audiences relate to the story. "It was a tragedy of justice," Lee says of the verdict.
Asked if he is considering bringing Martin's life to the big screen, Lee gave a solid "no," but did said he hopes if a film is made about the slain Florida teen, that it's "a documentary first." Lee cites his decision to make a documentary about Hurricane Katrina as an example. "You don't want an actor playing those roles, at least not yet," he says. "I wanted to talk to the real people who were there, document their stories first."
Lee also drops a few details about his upcoming indie film, for which he is crowd-sourcing $1.25 million, describing it as a "human story." He said more about what the film is not than what it will be. "It's not the Black Twilight. It's definitely not Blacula," he asserts.
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