Photo by Arnold Palmer
Executive producers Spike Lee and Monica "Dollphace" Floyd hosted a private media dinner with VIP friends, cast members and selected media for their new stylized thriller film, "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus". The event was held at the savvy Red Stixs restaurant in New York. Attendees included host-Karen Civil, Angela Simmons, Claire Sulmers (Fashion Bomb Daily), Yomi Desalu (MTV), Paul Juma (NY Times), Nandy Mason & Mercedes Vanderbunk (BET), Tahiry Jose, Marquetta Moore (Revolt), and Po Johnson. Fellow cast members of Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Zaraah Abrahams, Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson, and Elvis Nolasco were also in attendance.
Spike and Monica both shared intimate stories and laughs of when they met and how this movie came to fruition. Spike Lee even jokingly recited Ciroc’s catch phrase, “Step Into The Circle” as he said his thank you speech. Host Karen Civil, gave a heart warming toast while guests raised their glasses over Belaire Rose’. The evening ended with a celebratory cut of a grand three-tier cake of Spike Lee’s image in Lego form provided by Alyina’s Cakes. As guest departed they were gifted with an exclusive Sprayground backpack designed by Spike Lee and Mars Blackmon filled with a Ben James hat, and the soundtrack for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus provided by Epic Records.
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus will be the first horror-thriller film by producers, Monica Floyd and Spike Lee. The thriller is due to hit theaters on the infamous superstitious day, Friday the 13th (February 13, 2015). This film was mostly funded in the new non-traditional way via Kick Starter, which raised over 1.4 million in funds.
“Whenever Lee ventures away from the outrageous particulars of the plot, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus transforms into a stylish means of exploring contemporary struggles in urban black America by depicting it as a ballet of navigating personal and practical conflicts alike”, says Eric Kohn of Indie Wire.
Check out the Da Sweet Blood of Jesus trailer below.
Also check out more photos from the event below. Photos by Arnold Palmer.