The 56-year-old “Crooklyn” director reached his $1.25 million goal on Kickstarter to fund his next project, four days ahead of his deadline.
With $1.29 million in donations, it’s the third highest film in the crowdfunding site’s history, behind the “Vernonica Mars” feature film and Zach Braff’s followup to “Garden State.” The title of the legendary filmmakers new movie is “Blood”
Spike Lee is looking to raise $1.2 million for his new indie film titled, “BLOOD” thru a kickstarter campaign. Spike Lee has been doing kickstarter since his first film Shes Gotta Have it before internet and social media was popular. Spike Lee raised the money to complete historic film Malcolm X with donations from Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Janet Jackson, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Michael Jordan.
Dontate to help finance Spike Lee’s next joint on Kickstarter
Legendary filmmaker Spike Lee takes to twitter to celebrated the 19th anniversary of his film Crooklyn.
The film takes place in Brooklyn, New York and the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant during the summer of 1973. Its primary focus is a young girl, Troy (played by Zelda Harris), and her family. Throughout the film, Troy learns life lessons through her four rowdy brothers, her loving but strict mother (Alfre Woodard), and her naive, struggling father (Delroy Lindo).
A distinctive characteristic of Crooklyn is its soundtrack, composed completely of music from the 1970s, except the hit single “Crooklyn” by the Crooklyn Dodgers, a rap crew composed of Buckshot, Masta Ace and Special Ed. A two-volume release of the soundtrack became available on CD along with the release of the film. Read More
“The World Is Watching” is a six-episode basketball documentary directed by Rik Cordero and narrated by legendary New York City filmmaker Spike Lee. The film features prominent teenage athletes competing in a New York City Basketball tournament called Battle of the Boroughs.
It features the best up and coming basketball players in New York City including rising star Maurice Harkless, currently playing for the Orlando Magic. As the players push their bodies to the limit, they must also live up to the expectations of their coaches, their families and their boroughs.
Filmmaker Spike Lee is currently in the final stages of post-production of a Michael Jackson** documentary that focuses on the King of Pop’s album Bad and ensuing world tour.
The film, which syncs up nicely with the album’s 25th anniversary, features 40 interviews done by Lee with Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and other collaborators. Lee also interviewed contemporary stars from Kanye West to Sheryl Crow (a backup singer on the Bad tour) about the album’s lasting influence.
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks presents a special early sneak peek at Red Hook Summer, the new Spike Lee Joint. In theaters everywhere this August.
Red Hook Summer is the latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.
Chris Rock asked Spike Lee if he thought his film, ‘Red Hook Summer’ would have “blown up” if he was financed by a Hollywood studio and Spike Lee seized the opportunity to let him and everyone else know how he really felt:
“We never went to the studios with this film. I bought a camera and said we’re gonna do this muh fuggin’ film ourselves.[…]I didn’t need a motherf—–g studio telling me something about Red Hook! They know nothing about black people. Nothing. And they’re gonna give me notes about what a young 13-year-old black boy and girl do in Red Hook? F–k no!”
“So we need to film ourselves so we wouldn’t have any notes, because we feel there’s a motherf—–g audience for this film — excuse my profanity, my wife is looking at me like I’m crazy — but I don’t know what else we can do. We had to do it ourselves. We shot ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ for twelve days back in 1986. And when I waited for Universal to do the sequel to ‘Inside Man,’ my biggest endeavor, I couldn’t wait any longer! We had to do it ourselves!