Spike Lee, the latest in a line of filmmakers who have turned to Kickstarter to fund their projects, has received a little help from fellow director and friend Steven Soderbergh.
The Ocean’s Eleven director gave $10,000, the highest amount available, to Lee’s Kickstarter on its opening day and will receive the award for “All Playa-Playas,” which includes dinner with Lee followed by a courtside Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.
Lee told NextMovie that he’s giving Soderbergh the full “Playa-Playas” treatment, but Soderbergh hasn’t chosen a specific Knicks game to attend.
“I don’t even know if he likes sports!” Lee said. “So I’m gonna pick the game for him. But I’m giving a huge shout-out to my man Steven Soderbergh for the support and I’m really humbled with Steven coming on board and doing that. Thank you, Steven.”
The two filmmakers have known each other since 1989 when both had films showing at Cannes Film Festival. As of now, three people—including Soderbergh—have backed the campaign at the $10,000 level, with Lee guessing the other two backers are “finance guys.”
“I think it’s great that people are already doing it and I don’t even know them,” he said. “We’re gonna have fun regardless! Cause that’s a great experience. That’s the love of sports. Best seats in the house.”
The director is looking to raise $1.25 million in the next 30 days for his next film about “human beings who are addicted to blood.” It’s described on the Kickstarter page as “funny, sexy, and bloody” and “not “Blacula.’” Lee’s most recent project is a remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film, Oldboy, which will be out Oct. 15.