Spike Lee appears calm. At 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the 56-year-old filmmaker has days and dollars to go before his Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his new picture comes to an end. The director of classics like She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and 25th Hour (just to name a few), is looking to make an exciting, sexy, funny movie about blood addicts, and he needs your help to hit his $1,250,000 goal. Still, he's poised in a Knicks cap and bright Nikes. You don't make it this far acting otherwise.

His quest to raise the cash via the crowd funding website that helped out high-profile projects like the Veronica Mars movie is not without its detractors. But Spike Lee's got that. Speaking with Complex, he laid out the realities of making a movie in America, what it means to be independent, and what that lady from Bloomberg Television didn't understand. Check out the video above for the full story.

UPDATE: Spike's campaign has hit its goal. But that doesn't mean you should quit donating. Every dollar will help make this movie the best it can be.

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