A trailer has dropped for Spike Lee’s latest, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus – aka “the newest, hottest Spike Lee joint,” a no-star, semi-experimental affair made possible with the help of $1.4 million in Kickstarted donations. Gravitas Ventures picked up the re-envisioning of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror film Ganja & Hess, about a doctor who develops a thirst for blood after an art curator introduces him to an ancient African artifact. The thirst consumes his soul as he embarks on a dangerous romance with the curator’s widow that Lee describes as “funny, sexy and bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).”
Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus closed its successful Kickstarter campaign in August and debuted at the American Black Film Festival. Gravitas will open it February 13 in theaters and on VOD. Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Elvis Nolasco, and Rami Malek star in the 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks project written by Gunn and Lee and produced by Ganja & Hess producer Chiz Schultz. Bruce Hornsby provides the original music. Check out the trailer for a taste of Lee’s most recent and boundary-testing independent joint.