Spike Lee Casts First Lead In Kickstarter Movie Project

Source: Lilly Workneh / theGrio

Spike Lee has revealed the lead actress in his latest Kickstarter-funded movie project.

Zaraah Abrahams, a black British actor who came across Lee’s radar after he watched her co-star in a film produced by one of his students, has won the part.

He made the announcement on his Kickstarter pageand gave more information on the first performer he has cast in his latest venture.

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He wrote:

I first saw Zaraah in BLACK GIRL IN PARIS, this is a NYU GRAD Thesis Film Directed by Kiandra Parks, a Student of mine. I remember Kiandra screening a rough cut of her film in my NYU Office, as I watched I kept being drawn to the Co-Star, she was dominating this 20 Minute Film. After the screening was done I told Kiandra that “She had a very good film” and “Who is the Co-Star? What is her name? Where did she come from? How did you find her? How come she is the Co-Star and not the lead? I need to get in touch with her.” I tracked her down and Zarrah is even better than I thought. If I know anything, I know Young Talent. These are Individuals who have that special something, a true gift from God and they only need the platform, the vehicle to “SHOW DA WORLD” what they got. 40 Acres and A Mule over the years has been that platform in front and BEHIND THE CAMERA Too.

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