In a continuing effort to promote his Kickstarter—and the entire Kickstarter site as a whole—Spike Lee has just released what he calls his list of "essential films" that every budding filmmaker should watch at one point in their lives. Generally, the list is only given to graduate students at NYU's film school, where he's been a professor for 15 years, but Lee apparently decided to release the list to the general public in honor of the Kickstarter.
The list was released through Lee's Kickstarter page, along with the following caption:
I've Been A Professor At The NYU Graduate Film For The Past 15 Years.The 1st Day Of Every Class I Hand Out My List Of Films That I Feel You Must See If You Want To Make Films. Please Look At This List And See What You Might Have Missed. As I Tell My Students If You Want Your Film "Game" To Be Tight You Must Have Seen Great Movies, World Cinema, It Just Can't Be Hollywood Films. Educate Yourself. Learn. Grow. Evolve. Make Great Films.
Peace, Onward And Upward,
As for the Kickstarter itself, Lee has already managed to raise about $404,846 of his $1,250,000 goal in just seven days—so, with 22 days to go, it seems extremely likely that the effort will be successful and Lee's mystery seni-genre "not Blacula" project about humans who are addicted to blood will be funded.
You can check out Lee's video where he explains his reasoning for releasing the list above, then check out the list itself down below. If a few titles look familiar, it's probably because we've totally rec'd them before. Just sayin'. Amongst the highlights: Some Like It Hot, Raising Arizona, On the Waterfront, 8 1/2, The Godfather, Boyz in the Hood, Mean Streets, District 9, Dr. Strangelove, and The Wizard of Oz.