Spike Lee Releases New Film on Vimeo a Month Before Its Theatrical Premiere
The crowdfunded film, which Lee raised more than $1.4 million for on Kickstarter, is available via Vimeo On Demand for $9.99 (to rent for 24 hours) or $14.99 (to purchase and download).
“I’m hyped by my partnership with Vimeo to get my joint ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ out to the world in a new way,” Lee said in a statement. “This is the future of film distribution. Please join us.”
Co-written, directed, and produced by Lee, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” is described as a “new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe.” The horror film follows a doctor, played by Stephen Tyrone Williams, stricken by an uncontrollable thirst for blood after coming into contact with a cursed artifact. He, however, is not a vampire, according to the film’s description.
A stylized thriller, the film is a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s cult film “Ganja & Hess,” which screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.
It’s not the first feature film project to test a digital-first release. Last year, Yahoo and The Weinstein Company partnered to release the James Corden-starring indie film “One Chance” on Yahoo Screen, ahead of its theatrical premiere.Tags: crowdfunding, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, digital distribution, Digital Premiere, Kickstarter, Spike Lee, Vimeo, Vimeo On Demand