Spike Lee surpassed his $1.25 million goal on Wednesday, Aug. 21 when his Kickstarter campaign came to a close. The iconic filmmaker of such classics as “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever” ended up raising over $1.4 million for his indie film about blood addiction.
He also kept his promise to release the names of additional cast members for the project when he announced earlier this week that actor Michael K. Williams (“The Wire”, “Boardwalk Empire”) had been added to the film. Williams’ announcement followed those of Lee’s two leads for the movie; actor Stephen Tyrone Williams and British actress Zaraah Abrahams.
Also during a video chat last week with fans and contributors on his youtube channel Lee revealed plans to establish an endowment fund for other Kickstarter projects.
“When the film gets made and we hit profit, we will set aside a portion to set up an endowment. We will set up a Spike Lee Kickstarter endowment where quarterly we will back other projects.”
Lee’s Kickstarter-funded film will start production later this year and be released in 2014.