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Spike Lee: ATTN Filmmakers - Get Funding From Dubai

It's certainly not the first time that an American filmmaker has wondered outside of America's borders to raise production funds, and it certainly won't be the last.

Where there's oil, there's money; and one has to go where the money is.


Spike Lee says there's an untapped source of movie financing in the eastern Arabian emirate Dubai that he plans to make full use of in the future.

"There is a ton of money in Dubai, so I've gotta get on a plane; I gotta start making connections. I don't want to be in a position where if I want to do a film and the Hollywood studios don't want to make it, then it doesn't get made," the filmmaker told

"I gotta know that no can't be a final no. I gotta go to other sources of finance."

Lee said he's planning to make his first visit to Dubai in November after being invited to the The Atlantis Hotel on the Palm, reported Emirates Business on Friday.



  1. Dear White People said...

    I'm surprised he's just finding this out. A little slow on the uptake Spike.

  2. Anonymous said...

    It's shocking a filmmaker of Spike’s stature still has to make films hand-to-mouth. Maybe something good will come of his next project. Bamboozled was made that way and it still stands as Spike's most interesting (and underrated) film. I hope he focuses on making ‘lemonade’ and leave Jodie Foster and Clive Owen alone.

  3. Victor said...

    There's apparently a glut of indepenently-financed films out there -- this year, 660 films, up from 460 in 2002 -- Glut of Films Hits Hollywood |

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