Spike Lee tries crowdfunding for movie project

 The Province | July 22, 2013

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Spike Lee, above, says the current climate is difficult for independent filmmakers and the only way to insure your vision gets on screen ‘is when you bring the money to the table.’
Photograph by: Charles Sykes , AP

NEW YORK — The next Spike Lee joint will be a Kickstarter production.

Following in the footsteps of Veronica Mars and Zach Braff, Lee has launched an online campaign to help fund his next feature film.

The Brooklyn filmmaker on Monday unveiled his bid to raise $1.25 million over the next month using the fundraising site Kickstarter.

Lee offered few details on the film, but said it would be about “the addiction of blood.”

The 56-year-old director said he was inspired to crowd-source the film after hearing from a student of his that the Veronica Mars movie raised $5.7 million on Kickstarter, and Braff’s film pulled in $3.1 million.

Said Lee in a video posted on his Kickstarter page: “When I heard about that, I said, ‘Oh, snap!”’

Though filmmakers including David Fincher have been involved with Kickstarter projects, Lee, the director of Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X is easily the most established filmmaker yet to use the service to raise money for a feature.

His remake of the 2003 South Korean thriller Oldboy is to be released in October.

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