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Spike Lee's foray into the world of Kickstarter got a big -- and big-name -- boost on its first day, with fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh donating $10,000 to the project Monday.
In an interview with NextMovie, Lee revealed that Soderbergh was one of three people who donated at the $10,000 level -- the project's highest -- and will receive the promised reward of a dinner date and courtside seat at a Knicks game alongside the director. The pair have been friends since they both had films ("Do the Right Thing" and "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," respectively) entered in the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.
"I don't even know if he likes sports! So I'm gonna pick the game for him," Lee said. "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 as-yet-untitled film behind Lee's Kickstarter campaign has been billed by the director as "funny, sexy, and bloody," and is about human beings who are addicted to blood. Lee said he was inspired to turn to Kickstarter for its funding after watching the successful campaigns waged by "Veronica Mars" and Zach Braff on the site, adding that having the money come straight from the fans (as opposed to a studio) would give him more creative freedom.
"I think it's great that people are already [donating money] and I don't even know them," Lee said.
As of this writing, nearly $102,000 of the $1.25 million goal has been reached. Fans have until August 21 at 12:15 p.m. to pledge their support.