Towards the end of the semester, we spoke about the economy of Lee’s films, and all the other kinds of things he has to produce in order to maintain his independence and his ability to produce films on his own terms. That there are people who disparage him for this was upsetting and unsurprising to me: the logic of artists suffering/starving for their art is a lot more of a reality for marginalized people creating art, and so it’s more distressing to the establishment when someone challenges that model.
In that vein, I remembered hearing that Lee had financed his last movie, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, over Kickstarter. The campaign page is pretty interesting, especially the FAQ that Lee set up. I encourage everyone to go check it out: it offers some interesting insight into Lee’s understanding of himself in the Hollywood economy.