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#Afrofuturism The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint by Spike Lee — Kickstarter

I’m posting this to my blog because I like the sound of this film project–and it tastes like Afrofuturism!  Read on:

The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint by Spike Lee — Kickstarter.

“Human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it’s not “Blacula”)…

 

July 21, 2013

Dear Faithful,

I say my Prayers every night because I have been able to do what I Love and I Love what I do. I am a Filmmaker and I’m blessed. Most people on this God’s Earth go to the grave hating the occupation they had. When you Love what you do it’s not a job, it’s something you would do for free because it brings True Joy to your Heart and Soul. When you are blessed to do that especially if you’re an Artist it can bring those emotions of the Human Experience to your Audience (if you are Lucky). The catch is Filmmaking is an Artform that costs M-O-N-E-Y. That is why I’m appealing to the Kindness in your Hearts, to the Faithful who have given me the much needed Love and Support over my 3 decades of Spike Lee Joints. You have been there from BACK IN DA DAY with my Feature Film debut SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT (1986) to the present with RED HOOK SUMMER. Your support has been instrumental in helping to launch the Film Careers of Halle Berry, Rosie Perez, Martin Lawrence, Queen Latifah, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Jasmine Guy, John Turturro, Robin Harris, Anthony Mackie, Mekhi Phifer, Kerry Washington, Bill Nunn and Delroy Lindo who were showcased in my Films.

With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it’s not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers. I’m not hating, just stating the facts. Super Heroes, Comic Books, 3D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly through the Air while Transforming is not my Thang. To me it’s not just that these Films are being made but it seems like these are the only films getting made. To The Studios it seems like every Film must be a Home run on a Global scale, a Tent Pole Enterprise, able to spin off Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel.

I have a different vision of what Cinema can be, a different vision of what some under-served Audiences might want to see. That is why I am here on KICKSTARTER, to raise the Funds for The New Spike Lee Joint, to get this BAD BOY financed. Nothing in Life is Free and if you want something you got to pay for it. If you have liked any of my Films in the past, this is the price it costs to see another one (which can be less than the cost of one Movie Ticket). We feel the different levels on contributions make it affordable for everyone to GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.

Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level? How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take? C’mon People, please get behind this Joint.

As I stated in the Video, I promise on my Mother’s Grave and Right Hand to the Almighty – every Red Cent, every Wooden Nickel, every Dollar will go up on the Screen and not into my pocket. I’m not taking a Fee, your generous contributions will get this Film made.

Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture. If we don’t attain our goal of raising $1,250,000 in 30 DAYS all pledges will be released and it won’t get made and we can’t let that be an option. So tell yo Friends, Relatives, Co-Workers, everybody to chip in LET’S GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.

In closing I will continue to do My Thang and this Joint, which YOU THE PEOPLE financed is gonna be HOT and DAT’S DA TRUTH, RUTH. Ya-Dig? Sho-Nuff.”

Spike Lee – Filmmaker
Da Republic of Brooklyn, New York

Mannix Flynn: Trafficked-Bought & Sold/(Un)Gathering Ireland 10/17 [updated]

Mannix Flynn: Trafficked-Bought & Sold/(Un)Gathering Ireland 10/17 by At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon | Blog Talk Radio.

This episode features Irish actor/performer/novelist Gerald Mannix Flynn (Born in Dublin 1957). He has performed in film for over 25 years. In 1983 he published the novel Nothing To Say. His plays: The Liberty Suite (1977);  He who laughs wins (1981); Inside for RTÉ (1986); Hunger and Thirst (1989); Talking to the Wall performed by Flynn @ Edinburgh Festival (1997); Screenplays Twist of Fate (Trisquare Films 1998) & Alma Mater (2001); James X (2003), performed in Dublin, Berkeley, Cincinnati, the Venice Biennale, London, & New York.

Irish Times reviewer Fintan O’Toole on James X:  “It is about us collectively, the things done in our name by the bodies that are supposed to represent us. It is our secret history offered to us to pour over and consume, to acknowledge and own.” His documentary ‘Way Out’ deals w/multi-generational issues surrounding institutional control over families, performance of inclusion, & owning ones own history and destiny. He serves as Councillor to Dublin City Council for the SE Inner City Area. 

He is a member of Aosdána & on the board of the Toscaireacht. This summer he ran the Marathon Irish festival to coincide with London 2012 Olympics at Dialogue Space. He will perform James X in Krakow, part of the Conrad Festival; both James X & Nothing to Say have been published in Polish (10/24/12).  He will be in Waterford, Ireland (Imagine Festival); Magdalene Laundry exhibition (London 11/01/12), Dialogue Space (2013) bringing groups & speakers to address Slave labour, trafficked children, the rights of the mothers and children, and how the State and Church controls large swathes of society.  His current project “Trafficked: Bought & Sold/The Gathering Ireland: Bringing home the Irish citizens that were sold abroad,” seeks justice for Irish children who were sold/transported abroad by the Irish State and the Catholic Church.

[Note: this is an updated announcement for the upcoming radio show.]