Spike Lee Kickstarter Campaign Nabs $10,000 Steven Soderbergh Pledge

Spike Lee Steven Soderbergh

Three $10,000 Knicks seats pledged

Spike Lee has raised over $100,000 in two days on Kickstarter from 684 backers for his mysterious film project — including $10,000 from fellow director Steven Soderbergh for dinner and a courtside seat at a New York Knicks game.

Lee is aiming to raise $1.25 million in the next 29 days for a new film that’s known for now as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.” He gave few details about the project, but described it as being focused on human beings who are addicted to blood.

Soderbergh and two two other donors have already come on board for the top Kickstarter donation for Lee’s film at $10,000.

As of 2:10 p.m., the project has raised $106,581.

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  1. UptownPradaG says:

    I believe this is a two sided-coin. On one side, previous post are right, Spike Lee has a decent sized net worth (lets make sure that that is clear its NET WORTH not cash in the bank). Nonetheless, he should be able to fund this money without Kickstarter and it seems like a poor misuse of the Kickstarter objective to fund creativity for starving pioneers. However, on the other end, not until I heard an interview with Spike promoting this effort have I ever heard of Kickstarter and I dropped my few pennies in the bucket of a few things that caught my eye. Maybe, and this may be a stretch, he is forging an effort to indirectly promote Kickstarter? I’d rather look at both sides of the coin before casting stones.

  2. Bodhi says:

    Spike Lee is a very wealthy man so my question is why is he begging for money?! I was in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and remember how he cheated black folks out of money, when he used to only pay extras $10 a day to work on his films. His jealousy of Tyler Perry is also despicable, what a tacky, tasteless little man.

  3. mc says:

    Spike Lee has a net worth of $40 million and the cost of his yearly season courtside seats is equivalent to what he’s trying to raise on kickstarter.

    What a disgusting misuse of crowdfunding and exploitation of your fans. They’re already paying the movie ticket to watch your films (aka OldBoy).

    The filmmakers who regularly pitch films on kickstarter don’t have $40 million in their bank account and if they did, they wouldn’t be going to kickstarter to raise the funds.

    Shame on you Spike Lee for stealing from the poor. Shame on you Kickstarter for killing your moral code.

  4. Rob Simmons says:

    EK, I second that. There’s a ton of great filmmakers just dying to make their projects that don’t have two nickels to rub together. Spike, go to your rich buddies or just tap into your own millions to make your film and leave crowdsource funding alone.

  5. EK says:

    Rich guys supporting rich guys. This isn’t Kickstarter; it’s incest.

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