Director Spike Lee has a couple days remaining in his Kickstarter campaign and has already reached his goal of $1.25 million.
He originally launched his campaign on July 21 to raise money for an upcoming film he describes as a “psychological bloody thriller” about humans who are addicted to blood.
The campaign has brought in more than 5,400 donors and raised $1,304,000.
After announcing his Kickstarter campaign, Lee received a lot of criticism from the media. While making his press rounds, Lee stopped by Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” and engaged in an heated debate regarding the campaign.
“I needed to go to Kickstarter to get this film made because this is not necessarily a Hollywood film, Lee said. “It’s more like an independent film.”
He added that he doesn’t see others in the industry, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg or Clint Eastwood, following in his footsteps and turning to Kickstarter to fund their future films.
“Anybody could do this, but Steven Spielberg,” Lee said. “Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Scorsese, they don’t have to do that.” Why? “Because they don’t have to do it,” he said. “They’re great filmmakers and they’re beloved by the studios.”
Lee’s next film, which is scheduled to hit theaters in October, will be his remake of “Oldboy,” the 2003 Korean thriller. EURWEB
More About ‘Life, Love, Soul’
Writer/director Noel Calloway knows all about life’s hard knocks. Born and raised in Harlem with an absentee father, Calloway found himself in foster care when both parents were incarcerated. Despite a difficult childhood, Calloway flipped the script against the odds, but today is a successful filmmaker. He uses real-life experiences to tell the story of a fatherless son in his debut film, “Life, Love, Soul.”
Through Calloway’s camera lens, he tackles the father factor of a fatherless son that especially plagues the African American community. The award-winning indie tells the story of a young man estranged from his father and forced to re-connect when tragedy strikes home. As the emotional tale unfolds, “Life, Love, Soul” tugs at feelings of abandonment, resentment, and loss in a story of a son left behind.
At a time when the country is talking about the plight of young, black men, “Life, Love, Soul” enters the conversation with an ensemble cast, including Chad Coleman (“The Walking Dead” and “The Wire”), Jamie Hector ( “Night Catches Us” and “The Wire”), Terri J Vaughn (“Meet The Browns”), Tami Roman (“Basketball Wives”), plus Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson (of Ashford and Simpson) in her acting debut and newcomer Robbie Tate-Brickle.
“Life, Love, Soul” is a tragedy-to-triumph story of a young man who loses everything, but rebounds to become the man everyone in his life can be proud of. On August 8, “Life, Love, Soul” was selected as the opening film for the first annual Fatherhood Image Film Festival in New York.
“Life, Love, Soul” is the winner of the Audience Award
at the 2011 Urban World Film Festival. Benny Pough and Allen West serve as the executive producers on the film along with producers Noel Calloway, Dedra N. Tate, Yandy Smith and Devon O Reagan.