Gravitas Ventures acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus. Pic, which stars Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams, reinterprets Bill Gunn’s 1973 Ganja & Hess. The movie got off the ground through Kickstarter funding and premiered at the American Black Film Festival. Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on video on demand on February 13, 2015.
“Making Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is one of my most gratifying experiences in my body of work,” Lee said in a statement. “The support and love we got raising the money through Kickstarter is a true blessing. I thank everyone who brought this New Spike Lee Joint to life.”
Storyline involves an addiction to blood that once doomed a long-forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.
Among the incentives proffered during the Kickstarter offering, Lee took $10,000 donors to dinner and his courtside seats at Knicks games.
ICM Partners brokered the deal with Nolan Gallagher at Gravitas.