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Spike Lee Turns to Kickstarter to Fund New Film

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee is the latest celebrity to turn to Kickstarter to finance a project through crowdsourcing.  The Brooklyn-based filmmaker seeks to raise $1.25 million for his forthcoming film.

Lee said he got the idea after one of his students at New York University told him how Zach Braff successfully raised money via the crowdsourcing website and also how fans donated $5.7 million to revive Veronica Mars with a movie.

In a video posted on the site, Lee asks fans for support.

"Please help me make my next feature film.  I promise you -- my hand to God on my mother's grave -- every red cent, every wooden nickel, will go on the screen," he says.

"Now you may ask, 'Why Spike? You did Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, blah blah blah' but it's a very different climate now," Lee continues.  "And the only way to ensure as an independent filmmaker that your vision gets onscreen is when you bring the money to the table."

The 56-year-old filmmaker offered little about the film he's appealing the public to fund.  Still, he did offer, "As human beings we have many addictions: drugs, alcohol, power, sex.  This film is about the addiction of blood.  It's a lot of sex in it too."

As of Monday, over $3,000 had been donated to Lee's project.  Fans have until Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 12:15 p.m. Eastern time to pledge their support.

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