Last week Spike Lee launched his very own Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise $1,250,000 in 30 days to fund his next feature length film.
Although the veteran filmmaker has raised over $350,000 with 22 days remaining, with plans to begin production later this year in Brooklyn, many have questioned Lee’s participation with the crowd funding site, which is frequently used by upstart project creators.
Lee responded to critics during a recent video interview with Film Courage, where he dismissed people’s misconceptions of his Kickstarter campaign.
"I understand why people might think that, but that's not the case at all," he said. "I'm bringing people to Kickstarter who've never even heard of Kickstarter. I’m talking a lot of people of color who never heard of Kickstarter. Who never made a pledge on Kickstarter
"So I really think that it's a fallacy, it's a misconception and it's plain-out wrong with a capital 'w' that because someone puts $5 on my film, someone who backs my film with $5. That was $5 that a young filmmaker was gonna get. And that logic does not follow through.”
Check out more of Spike Lee’s interview in the clip above.