The spirit of a Kickstarter campaign, like the one Spike Lee unveiled on Monday, is to raise funds from like-minded strangers with hopes of achieving a common goal. In Lee's case, however, he's also getting help from a friend: director Steven Soderbergh.
Soderbergh made the highest pledge amount available, $10,000, to Lee's Kickstarter on its opening day yesterday, Lee told NextMovie this morning in an interview. According to the list of incentives on the page, this level is reserved "For All Playa-Playas" and includes an evening out with Lee, including dinner and a Knicks game in Lee's courtside seats. Or, as he wrote: "FRONT ROW IN THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE AT THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARENA - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TO SEE OUR BELOVED NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS, ORANGE AND BLUE SKIES."
"I'm taking him to dinner and we're going to the game together," Lee told NextMovie. Asked if Soderbergh had requested a specific game (perhaps a Lakers-Knicks faceoff), Lee laughed. "I don't even know if he likes sports! So I'm gonna pick the game for him. 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."
Lee said he's known Soderbergh since 1989, when both directors had films ("Sex, Lies and Videotape" and "Do the Right Thing") at Cannes Film Festival.
As of publish time, three people, including Soderbergh, had backed Lee's project at the $10,000 level. Lee said he assumed the others were "finance guys" and seemed undaunted by the prospect of a night out with strangers.
"I think it's great that people are already doing it and I don't even know them," he said. "We're gonna have fun regardless! Cause that's a great experience. That's the love of sports. Best seats in the house."
Would he even have a great time if rival Tyler Perry — whose work he has previously called "coonery and buffoonery," to which Perry responded that Lee should go "straight to hell" — made the top pledge?
Yep, even then.
"Me and Tyler are cool," he said. "I know it would be a great photo opportunity, but I'd love to take Tyler to dinner, and be my guest courtside, watch a basketball game."