Spike Lee Defends Kickstarter Campaign

Week-old campaign has raised 29% of goal

Spike Lee is defending his week-old Kickstarter campaign to fund his untitled film, asserting that he’s popularizing the fundraising technique.

“I’m bringing people to Kickstarter who never even heard of Kickstarter,” he said in an interview with FilmCourage.com. “I’m talking [about] a lot of people of color who’ve never heard of Kickstarter, who’ve never made a pledge on Kickstarter. I really think it’s a fallacy, it’s a misconception, and it’s just plain-out wrong, with a capital W, that because someone puts $5 on my film, that was $5 that a young filmmaker was going to get.”

As of 9 am PDT Monday, Lee’s campaign had received $356,388 from 1,848 pledges — about 29%  of the $1.25 million goal for a new film that’s known for now as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”

About half the funds have come from 17 pledges of $10,000 in exchange for dinner and a courtside seat with Lee at a Knicks game, or $170,000. The campaign also generated $45,000 via nine pledges of $5,000 in exchange for being named an associate producer.

Lee has only described the film as being focused on human beings who are addicted to blood.

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  1. Please check out my kickstarter and donate. “Salon Stories” I have 18 days!

  2. Pamela Imran says:

    We know the campaign also generated $45,000 via nine pledges of $5,000 in exchange for being named an associate producer. http://wp.me/p1CkXq-1N3

  3. Jane says:

    As a person of color, I don’t need Spike Lee to introduce me to Kickstarter. I have contributed to many campaigns over the last few years, so he is way off base when he states that he can bring people of color to Kickstarter. Mr Lee is late to the party.

  4. Guy says:

    Spike Lee can use kickstater if he wants. He is a good filmmaker, but some of is opinions are quite stupid: “I’m bringing people to Kickstarter who never even heard of Kickstarter,” he said in an interview with FilmCourage.com. “I’m talking [about] a lot of people of color who’ve never heard of Kickstarter, who’ve never made a pledge on Kickstarter. I really think it’s a fallacy, it’s a misconception, and it’s just plain-out wrong, with a capital W, that because someone puts $5 on my film, that was $5 that a young filmmaker was going to get.”

    I don’t feel he needs to justify why he is using kickstarter, he uses it if he wants.

    Also people that he touches with his films are intellectuals not necessarily people of color.

    The statement above would have been relevant if a populist colored personality would have done it.

    Never the less if more colored people start using kickstarter and they are successful good for them and kickstarter. If Spike Lee plays any role in it good for him.

    Never the less best of luck to Spike Lee and his project.

  5. Truth says:

    I’m going to tell all the world something – Spike can use this “I’m helping black people” line all he wants but his movie isn’t going to help one single damn person apart from himself. Most blacks don’t even like Spike Lee – it’s not like Miracle at St. Anna got some strong audience support.

    And on a personal note, Spike is a nasty person – I’ve seen him in public and many average joes go up to him and he is very rude and ignores/looks down on regular people (including his “black fans”). Yet, this guy wants to come to regular people with his hand-out asking for money? This man is a hypocrite.

    BOYCOTT SPIKE’S NEW FILM! BOYCOTT VERONICA MARS! BOYCOTT ZACH BRAFF AND ALL CROWDFUNDED RICH PEOPLE FILMS!

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