[WATCH] Spike Lee defends Kickstarter campaign for new movie

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, July 29, 2013

Director Spike Lee has some tough words for those who doubt the motives behind his recent Kickstarter campaign: “You’re plain wrong.”

“We were doing Kickstarter before there was Kickstarter,” the director said in an interview with filmmaking blog Film Courage. “We just didn’t have the technology.”

The “Malcolm X” and “Summer of Sam” director announced last week that he would raise funds for his next project – a “funny, sexy and bloody (and it’s not ‘Blacula’)” movie about people’s addiction to blood, via the crowdsourcing website.

“I’m bringing people to Kickstarter who never even heard of Kickstarter; I’m talking [about] a lot of people of color who’ve never heard of Kickstarter, who’ve never made a pledge on Kickstarter,” he says in the interview. “So 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. That logic does not follow through.”

“There’s concrete evidence with what Mr. Thomas did with Veronica Mars’ and what Zach [Braff] did will his film, the majority of people who back those things had never been on Kickstarter before. But I think those people backed films after that, once they were made the introduction to Kickstarter,” he continues.

As of press time, with 22 days left in the campaign Lee has raised $357,526 of his $1.2 million goal on Kickstarter from 1,868 backers. For comparison purposes, “Veronica Mars” raised its goal of $2 million in less than a day.

His biggest donor so far was pal – and fellow director – Steven Soderbergh, who coughed up $10,000 to go out to dinner and a Knicks game with the Brooklyn-based film director.

Watch Lee’s video below.

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