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Spike Lee Reaches Kickstarter Goal, Announces Leads for New Movie

By Janet Upadhye | August 21, 2013 1:29pm
 Independent filmmaker Spike Lee reaches Kickstarter goal with time to spare.
Spike Lee Reaches $1.25 million Goal on Kickstarter for New Film
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FORT GREENE — With days to spare on the Kickstarter campaign to fund his new film, filmmaker Spike Lee surpassed his $1.25 million goal.

"Thank you Jesus," Lee said in an online video when his goal was reached. "This is a historic moment."

Lee kept in daily contact with his supporters during the funding campaign, giving readers 57 updates during the month-long push for dollars, including the news that British actress Zaraah Abrahams of "Black Girl in Paris" was cast as the female lead, and Broadway stage actor Stephen Tyrone Williams was tapped as the male star.

Lee also named Michael K. Williams of "Boardwalk Empire" as an addition to the cast.

The famous director continued fundraising despite criticism from some film fans and media. Many said that the Oscar-nominated director was taking money away from lesser-known artists by using crowdfunding to finance his film.