The latest Spike Lee joint has finally found a home nearly five months after its initial premiere. Variety reports that the filmmaker’s Kickstarter-funded Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus has just been picked up by the typically VOD-centric Gravitas Ventures for both a theatrical and a VOD release.
Lee’s newest film was funded by a successful—and critically maligned—Kickstarter campaign that allowed the filmmaker to craft what he has referred to as “one of my most gratifying experiences in my body of work.” The modern remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 Ganja And Hess is a bloody send-up of vampire films, a dramatic and energetic take on genre films punctuated by compelling performances from fresh talents Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams.
The film premiered earlier this year at the American Black Film Festival, a debut that yielded mixed reviews, with Variety calling it a “gory yet oddly bloodless affair that’s been made with a lot of craft and energy but ultimately little sense of purpose” and IndieWire doling out guarded praise, with a review that notes, “the movie’s irredeemable flaws mainly stand out because as a whole, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus shows just enough sophistication to justify its presence in Lee’s filmography.” Biting!
Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus will hit both theaters and VOD on February 13.