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Spike Lee wants you to buy his next joint; tries his hand at Kickstarter for "blood addiction" pic

Jul. 22, 2013by:

Well, then. It appears that the venue of Kickstarter is attracting the attention of more and more people, including prolific filmmaker Spike Lee, who is set to debut his remake of OLDBOY in October. Lee has launched a new campaign to raise $1.25 million to fund his next feature, which is about "Human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it's not "Blacula")..." The director says he only recently discovered Kickstarter, citing the success of VERONICA MARS and Zack Braff's recent campaigns as a catalyst for him to jump into the foray of crowdfunding.

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I'm hot and cold on this Kickstarter stuff, but as it continues I get more icy on the subject. In the video Lee lists the massive amount of films he's made, which begs the question why he can't find the means to do it again. Lee has never been a "commercial" filmmaker and even with the upcoming OLDBOY, he's still safely in the "not for everybody" crowd, as the content in the remake is hardly material that appeals to everyone. The filmmaker used crowdfunding for his last effort, RED HOOK SUMMER, which brought in $40 million at the box office, which isn't too shabby for an indie.

He goes on to say that "The Hollywood Studio System is not an encouraging look for independent filmmakers" especially when so many genre films are being made, saying "Super Heroes, Comic Books, 3D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly through the Air while Transforming is not my Thang. To me it's not just that these Films are being made but it seems like these are the only films getting made." which is baffling as OLDBOY is none of those things and yet he was able to make it within "the system."

Eh. I don't buy this one. But, if you want to fund a "blood addicted" movie with "lots of sex" then by all means, head over to Kickstarter and buy a joint. A Spike Lee one, if you will.

Extra Tidbit: I still think Kickstarter is great for those without 52 professional directing gigs on their resume, but for the Spike Lee's of the world, it's getting to be a bit much.
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2:49AM on 07/24/2013
Who ultimately gets the profits, Mr. Lee, the distributors?
Who ultimately gets the profits, Mr. Lee, the distributors?
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5:06PM on 07/23/2013

How many times did he go over his body of work or reference them?

I have a few questions: How many awards have his recent movies made? If filmmaking is "what he does" then why can't he fund it himself (or just make a good movie)? Just because he makes his movie DOESN'T mean any studio is going to distribute the piece of shit... so why should people bother? If he's such an "acclaimed filmmaker" then why doesn't he just get INVESTORS?! GO F@#$K YOURSELF, SPIKE LEE!!!!!!
I have a few questions: How many awards have his recent movies made? If filmmaking is "what he does" then why can't he fund it himself (or just make a good movie)? Just because he makes his movie DOESN'T mean any studio is going to distribute the piece of shit... so why should people bother? If he's such an "acclaimed filmmaker" then why doesn't he just get INVESTORS?! GO F@#$K YOURSELF, SPIKE LEE!!!!!!
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12:51PM on 07/23/2013
I'll give him double the money to stop making movies altogether.
I'll give him double the money to stop making movies altogether.
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11:38AM on 07/23/2013
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Sick of rich celebs asking for your money instead of funding their lame projects themselves? Of course you are! To cheer you up, the world's newest super-hardcore rap group - GHOSTMIME - proudly presents: "KICK START IT." We suggest you buckle up. (FYI, it cost us exactly $32K to make this video. You know, because that's what music videos cost?)

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Sick of rich celebs asking for your money instead of funding their lame projects themselves? Of course you are! To cheer you up, the world's newest super-hardcore rap group - GHOSTMIME - proudly presents: "KICK START IT." We suggest you buckle up. (FYI, it cost us exactly $32K to make this video. You know, because that's what music videos cost?)

www.ghostmime.com
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10:31AM on 07/23/2013
Yes Mr Millionaire, allow me to give you a portion of my much smaller income so you can make more money at no expense to yourself. Try doing a few films with your own cash that are somewhat good (unlike most of your films) and then try kickstarter. This is a joke.
Yes Mr Millionaire, allow me to give you a portion of my much smaller income so you can make more money at no expense to yourself. Try doing a few films with your own cash that are somewhat good (unlike most of your films) and then try kickstarter. This is a joke.
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11:24AM on 07/23/2013
Is that a jab at Red Hook Summer or do you not realize that he did in fact make that film with his own cash? If you didn't like Red Hook, then you can go ahead and not pledge your money - no one's making you. As Spike would say, "you do you."
Is that a jab at Red Hook Summer or do you not realize that he did in fact make that film with his own cash? If you didn't like Red Hook, then you can go ahead and not pledge your money - no one's making you. As Spike would say, "you do you."
9:45AM on 07/23/2013

Don't know why people hate on Spike...

The guy is legit, he did the grind for years and balances studio projects with small independents. He has a unique voice, which some people don't likehell, I'm a fan and I don't always agree with what he's saying(or saying through his characters), but the bottom line is he's just trying something new. Bamboozled was the 1st movie shot on digital, he basically discovered Samuel L. Jackson and gave him roles that catered to his talents instead of just "black guy in the background", and now
The guy is legit, he did the grind for years and balances studio projects with small independents. He has a unique voice, which some people don't likehell, I'm a fan and I don't always agree with what he's saying(or saying through his characters), but the bottom line is he's just trying something new. Bamboozled was the 1st movie shot on digital, he basically discovered Samuel L. Jackson and gave him roles that catered to his talents instead of just "black guy in the background", and now he's trying to be the 1st major director to hit kickstarter.
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9:34AM on 07/23/2013
Kickstarter hitting the mainstream doesn't make sense for stuff like Veronica Mars, which I'm not sure really needed the help of its fans (maybe I'm just not in that "know", though)... but I can dig this. I am a huge Spike Lee fan and know of how he's struggled to receive ample funding for his projects. He proved with Red Hook Summer that he can create greatness on par with his bests on a minimal budget with the support of his friends, but that one's shoestring does show on occasion. I would
Kickstarter hitting the mainstream doesn't make sense for stuff like Veronica Mars, which I'm not sure really needed the help of its fans (maybe I'm just not in that "know", though)... but I can dig this. I am a huge Spike Lee fan and know of how he's struggled to receive ample funding for his projects. He proved with Red Hook Summer that he can create greatness on par with his bests on a minimal budget with the support of his friends, but that one's shoestring does show on occasion. I would shell out for this, for sho.
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7:37AM on 07/23/2013
Not a fan of Kickstarter, but I rather see a Spike Lee movie over a Zach Braff movie any day of the week.
Not a fan of Kickstarter, but I rather see a Spike Lee movie over a Zach Braff movie any day of the week.
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6:59AM on 07/23/2013
Hey, Spike Lee, I'll give you the entire $1.25 million if you'll stop referring to your movies as "joints".
Hey, Spike Lee, I'll give you the entire $1.25 million if you'll stop referring to your movies as "joints".
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5:36AM on 07/23/2013

The reason why he's having a hard time with the studios.........

Is because he's only had one hit in the last 20 years, and that was because it was a Denziel Washington action thriller rather than a Spike Lee joint. Seriously Inside Man is the only film he's directed since Malcolm X that hasn't flopped at the US box office, and he isn't that popular outside the states either.

Also he's told next to nothing bout the film. Ask any film seller, the days when you can sell a film using just a one sentence plot description are over.
If he gets full funding for
Is because he's only had one hit in the last 20 years, and that was because it was a Denziel Washington action thriller rather than a Spike Lee joint. Seriously Inside Man is the only film he's directed since Malcolm X that hasn't flopped at the US box office, and he isn't that popular outside the states either.

Also he's told next to nothing bout the film. Ask any film seller, the days when you can sell a film using just a one sentence plot description are over.
If he gets full funding for this, it'll be just.
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4:55AM on 07/23/2013

Spike Lee e-begging...

What a fucking douche... and a hack.
What a fucking douche... and a hack.
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1:15AM on 07/23/2013
i just puked a little bit in my mouth.
this guy is so full of himself. if you give $750 he'll write his name on a used pair of shoes for you.
$10,000 and you'll have 'the honor and privilege' of sitting next to him at a basketball game...

and he spells the way he talks ...ugh....sigh....
i just puked a little bit in my mouth.
this guy is so full of himself. if you give $750 he'll write his name on a used pair of shoes for you.
$10,000 and you'll have 'the honor and privilege' of sitting next to him at a basketball game...

and he spells the way he talks ...ugh....sigh....
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12:20AM on 07/23/2013

Good God..

Meanwhile the Dick Grayson series is losing traction, even though the pilot episode is amazing.
Meanwhile the Dick Grayson series is losing traction, even though the pilot episode is amazing.
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11:54PM on 07/22/2013

No...NO..NOOO..NOOOO!!!!

Fuck this.
Fuck this.
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11:51PM on 07/22/2013
This really is a shitty trend. What about the (literally) poor dreamer who wants their passion project to come true and needs all the help they can get? Kickstarter should not be for rich assholes who want more freedom. This feels like a corruption of the site's intent. The only way to stop is for people to vote with their wallet. By keeping it shut.
This really is a shitty trend. What about the (literally) poor dreamer who wants their passion project to come true and needs all the help they can get? Kickstarter should not be for rich assholes who want more freedom. This feels like a corruption of the site's intent. The only way to stop is for people to vote with their wallet. By keeping it shut.
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11:21PM on 07/22/2013

DAMN IT!

Okay, I like Spike. I'm a fan. But these rich assholes need to fund their own damn projects! Kickstart should be for true indie folks. The broke artists out there trying to make their dream come true, while working a shitty job at Target. Yo Spike how bout you use your fat paycheck from Oldboy, and fund this project!

Mel Gibson wouldn't pull this shit. I bet if you asked Mel if he wanted to kickstart something, he'd say "I don't need that shit, I'm rich. Now get the fuck out my face!" Then
Okay, I like Spike. I'm a fan. But these rich assholes need to fund their own damn projects! Kickstart should be for true indie folks. The broke artists out there trying to make their dream come true, while working a shitty job at Target. Yo Spike how bout you use your fat paycheck from Oldboy, and fund this project!

Mel Gibson wouldn't pull this shit. I bet if you asked Mel if he wanted to kickstart something, he'd say "I don't need that shit, I'm rich. Now get the fuck out my face!" Then he'd say something racist and kick you in the dick.
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11:53PM on 07/22/2013
Jew here. I can vouch that this man's statement is true.
Jew here. I can vouch that this man's statement is true.
11:09PM on 07/22/2013

This Is Complete BS

While Spike Lee has made some excellent films, he has also made some god awful movies (see 'Red Hook Summer'). He has worked within the system for awhile, however polarizing he may be, and has made a decent amount of money off said career. I see no reason why he can't do this movie that way.

Spike's giant ego is getting in the way again.
While Spike Lee has made some excellent films, he has also made some god awful movies (see 'Red Hook Summer'). He has worked within the system for awhile, however polarizing he may be, and has made a decent amount of money off said career. I see no reason why he can't do this movie that way.

Spike's giant ego is getting in the way again.
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10:41PM on 07/22/2013
No ty. I'm sure people will buy into this, but I'm not one of them. Spike is an arrogant filmmaker, and irregardless of how his films might have once affected the industry (because, let's face it, they don't really do as much any more), he's still completely full of himself. If he wants to go make a film that bad, and doesn't think that anyone in Hollywood will want to fun his project, he should find private investors. It's his prerogative to do a kickstarter and people's prerogative to fund
No ty. I'm sure people will buy into this, but I'm not one of them. Spike is an arrogant filmmaker, and irregardless of how his films might have once affected the industry (because, let's face it, they don't really do as much any more), he's still completely full of himself. If he wants to go make a film that bad, and doesn't think that anyone in Hollywood will want to fun his project, he should find private investors. It's his prerogative to do a kickstarter and people's prerogative to fund him, but this just comes off as another arrogant piece of work by Lee.
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10:27PM on 07/22/2013

Nope

I can't stand Spike Lee and his racist self.
I can't stand Spike Lee and his racist self.
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12:54PM on 07/23/2013
I'm tired of the racist idiots on Joblo.com.
I'm tired of the racist idiots on Joblo.com.
9:51PM on 07/22/2013
I'll pass. I see enough black men asking for money on the way to work.
I'll pass. I see enough black men asking for money on the way to work.
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10:12PM on 07/22/2013
Last part of this comment was unnecessary.
Last part of this comment was unnecessary.
4:59AM on 07/23/2013
That last bit was uncalled for and I'm disturbed that people have been thumbing it up.
That last bit was uncalled for and I'm disturbed that people have been thumbing it up.
5:00AM on 07/23/2013
That last bit was uncalled for and I'm disturbed that people have been thumbing it up.
That last bit was uncalled for and I'm disturbed that people have been thumbing it up.
11:03AM on 07/23/2013
This website needs a "report" button on the comments...
This website needs a "report" button on the comments...
12:55PM on 07/23/2013
Joblo seems to attract those racist individuals who wouldn't say racist/offensive things if they were out in public.
Joblo seems to attract those racist individuals who wouldn't say racist/offensive things if they were out in public.
2:56PM on 07/23/2013
Come on fellas. It was a joke - a funny one at that. Hence the thumbs up. *takes a bow and exits*
Come on fellas. It was a joke - a funny one at that. Hence the thumbs up. *takes a bow and exits*
9:42PM on 07/22/2013
Technically Oldboy is one of those things. A comic book
Technically Oldboy is one of those things. A comic book
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9:41PM on 07/22/2013
I'm tired of this trend of multi-millionaires begging for money on Kickstarter from honest, hard working people. If Spike Lee has a passion project that Hollywood won't fund then he should be dipping into his own pockets, not mine.
I'm tired of this trend of multi-millionaires begging for money on Kickstarter from honest, hard working people. If Spike Lee has a passion project that Hollywood won't fund then he should be dipping into his own pockets, not mine.
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9:43PM on 07/22/2013
It's voluntary. Don't pay
It's voluntary. Don't pay
9:53PM on 07/22/2013
It's the principle I take issue with, not whether or not you have to donate. These are very rich people who are more than capable of getting the funding together for their films. If they're such "artists" then why aren't they? They're essentially saying they don't want to gamble with their money, they want to gamble with yours.
It's the principle I take issue with, not whether or not you have to donate. These are very rich people who are more than capable of getting the funding together for their films. If they're such "artists" then why aren't they? They're essentially saying they don't want to gamble with their money, they want to gamble with yours.
11:42AM on 07/23/2013
Well, your principle s basically "Fuck you, rich guy, why do you need my money" which is pretty unfair. He doesn't need your money. He needs people who are actually interested. if no one pays than it doesn't get made, and everyone saves money. He could gamble millions of his own money on something that has a huge chance to backfire, or he could get donations from fans who WANT to see it (and usually do see it with no extra cost after the initial donation). That isn't a gamble at all. That's
Well, your principle s basically "Fuck you, rich guy, why do you need my money" which is pretty unfair. He doesn't need your money. He needs people who are actually interested. if no one pays than it doesn't get made, and everyone saves money. He could gamble millions of his own money on something that has a huge chance to backfire, or he could get donations from fans who WANT to see it (and usually do see it with no extra cost after the initial donation). That isn't a gamble at all. That's break-even art, instead of shitty studio run "art industry."
9:33PM on 07/22/2013
Yea no thanks...
Yea no thanks...
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9:32PM on 07/22/2013
I can see the idea of using kickstarter for something low key like Veronica Mars and the new Zach Braff film, but Spike Lee is an established filmmaker and has been in the business for a long time and should have the funding for any of his future films.

How about we use kickstarter for something more useful...like Dredd 2.
I can see the idea of using kickstarter for something low key like Veronica Mars and the new Zach Braff film, but Spike Lee is an established filmmaker and has been in the business for a long time and should have the funding for any of his future films.

How about we use kickstarter for something more useful...like Dredd 2.
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