Kevin Smith’s new horror movie RED STATE premiered at Sundance last night and afterwards Smith said he would auction the film off for distributors. That auction didn’t go quite as you might think as it was declared sold right after Smith’s $20 dollar bid. He has since announced he will be distributing the film himself under his new Smodcast Pictures brand on October 19, 2011 which is the 17th anniversary of the release of his first film CLERKS.
For those who don’t want to wait for October Smith has formed the Red State USA Tour where he will be showing the film and following it with a Q&A with Smith himself. Tickets however range from $60 to $70 or more and the dates so far are as follows:
- March 5th – Radio City Music Hall
- March 6th – Wilbur Theater in Boston
- March 8th – Harris Theater in Chicago
- March 9th – State Theater in Minneapolis
- March 10th – Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor
- March 11th – Indianapolis, IN
- March 12th – Midland Theater, Kansas City
- March 14th – Springfield, OH
- March 22nd – Paramount Theater, Denver
- March 26th – McCalister theater, New Orleans
- March 28th – Paramount Theater, Austin
- March 29th – Cobb Energy Center, Atlanta
- April 4th – McCaw Hall in Seattle
There could be more dates to follow if the tour does well. Smith took the time during the Q&A after the premiere to denounce the Hollywood distribution and their wasteful spending ways in regards to marketing. Smith has been releasing clips on his Red State of the Union podcast along with interviews with the cast including Kyle Gallner and Michael Parks; he also released the teaser through his podcast.
RED STATE is probably one of my most anticipated movies of the year and waiting until October seems kind of like torture, but on the other hand spending over $60 even for the Q&A seems pretty steep. I don’t disagree with Smith’s displeasure with the Hollywood system, but there’s something about his strategy here that doesn’t rub me the right way. Regardless there has been some pretty positive buzz surrounding RED STATE on Twitter so I look forward to seeing the film any way that I can. What do you think of Smith’s strategy in regards to his new film, RED STATE?
Source: /Film, Red State of the Union Podcast