What Fan Base? Spike Lee's Kickstarter Campaign Powered by Rich Donors

What Fan Base? Spike Lee's Kickstarter Campaign Powered by Rich Donors

Director Spike Lee appears to be half way toward reaching the goal of his premiere Kickstarter.com campaign.

Look closer, and you’ll notice a glaring lack of Everyman support for the next Spike Lee joint.

Director Phelim McAleer, who successful used Kickstarter.com to fund his pro-fracking documentary FrackNation, crunches the numbers of Lee’s effort and discovers a lack of passion among the director’s fan base.

A quick look at the figures, which Kickstarter helpfully makes public, shows that Lee’s campaign has been mostly funded by a few dozen rich kids.

In fact just 74 people have provided a massive 65 percent of Spike Lee’s total so far. Almost half his total has been donated by 29 ultra rich backers who can afford to give $10,000 to a film project that will see them no financial return….

Strip away Mr. Lee’s rich kid donors and you find that ordinary Americans have given just $212,000 in 14 days. Not exactly a massive grassroots demand for Lee to make another movie.

Compared to the $2 million raised in just 12 hours by fans of the Veronica Mars TV show, Lee’s numbers are downright ordinary.


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