Nephew Milks Aging Aunt for Kickstarter Documentary

Leah Finnegan · 10/22/14 12:10PM

Can you believe it's 2014 and no one has made a documentary about Joan Didion? Neither can Griffin Dunne, Didion's very proud nephew via her late husband, John Gregory Dunne. The younger Dunne, the erstwhile director of Practical Magic, is asking the public for $80,000 to make a movie about his 79-year-old aunt (and maybe a little about himself).

Spike Lee Amends "Essential Film List" to Include Women-Directed Works

Camille Dodero · 08/20/13 03:00PM

Spike Lee, a very accomplished New York film director and NYU professor, has spent a substantial part of this summer promoting a Kickstarter campaign he'd launched to crowdsource a $1,250,000 budget for his vaguely defined next movie. (On Friday, his $1.25-million goal was met.) One of the ways he'd drummed up publicity for the project was by releasing the academic list of essential movies he considers "the greatest films ever made," a slugsheet of cinematic titles he'd routinely hand out on the first day of class, which we published here.

Camille Dodero · 08/16/13 12:20PM

Spike Lee's vague film project about "human beings who are addicted to blood" has exceeded its $1,250,000 Kickstarter goal. Excellent, now let's resume feeding the hungry children.

Here Is Spike Lee's List of the Greatest Films Ever Made

Camille Dodero · 07/29/13 05:45PM

Spike Lee, the very accomplished director, producer, and Madison Square Garden defender, has been a film professor at NYU for the last 15 years. Every semester on the first day of class, the former Harvard instructor distributes a list of essential movies he considers "the greatest films ever made," cinematic titles he deems required education for all aspiring directors. Now, Professor Lee has entrusted this academic canon to the electronic world.

Cord Jefferson · 06/21/13 03:45PM

Kickstarter has issued an apology for allowing a user to fund his rapey "seduction guide" through its site. To prove it's serious, the company has vowed to donate $25,000 to the anti-sexual violence nonprofit RAINN.