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Kevin Smith Will Edit Red State Before Road Tour

Kevin Smith’s new film Red State last Sunday premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mix reviews, some loved it, others hated it but one thing almost universally agreed on was that Michael Parks’ sermon was too long.  Smith was recently interviewed on Kevin and Josh Movie Show says:

John [Gordon] fought me on it. John was just like ‘Why bother dude, we’re our own bosses, nobody’s telling you to take it out’, like back in the old days Harvey would be ‘I love it! Take ten minutes out,’  no direction at all, just take the time out, so John’s like ‘We don’t have to do that now, we don’t have to really cut the movie at all’ and I said ‘Yeah, but I’m a filmmaker first and foremost, dude, and I want the movie to play as gangbusters as possible’ and if the length of Parks’ speech is making anybody remotely go ‘Maybe that speech is a little long…’ I want them to love Parks as much as I do, so for me, right, I’m an editor, you kill your babies every step of the way as an editor

I’m happy to see that Smith who has been very anti-critic lately recognized their problems with the film and went about changing it. I hope that the full speech will be available on the video release as I would love to see it in its entirety.

Also keep in mind that the Sundance screening was the first time it was screened for an audience and therefore not a surprise that Smith would need to go back in and fix somethings that didn’t work the first time.



Kevin Smith To Self Distribute Red State

Sunday night was the big premiere for Kevin Smith’s Red State at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is getting mixed reviews but generally seems well liked, but it was what happened after the screening that is making big news.

Kevin Smith held an auction for the distribution rights immediately following the screening of Red State and there was only 1 bid; from Kevin Smith for the amount of $20.00 USD.

Smith will not only distribute the film but he’s taking the film on a road trip, in select cities from March through April.  Smith said Sunday night:

Selling my film would be like having a baby and then selling it to somebody else to raise.

Smith announced that if you can’t afford to pay for the tickets for the road trip, he will still be releasing the film theatrically October 19, 2011.



Cast Of Red State To Reunite For Hit Somebody

Kevin Smith recently announced on his Twitter account that most the cast from Red State will be returning for his upcoming Hockey film Hit Somebody.

Hit Somebody is based on the Warren Zevon song and is the story of Buddy McKraken who wants more than anything to be in the NHL, but he isn’t much of a hockey player and is only good at beating people up and being what hockey fans would call a “goon.” Starring as McKraken is Nicholas Braun, the star of Red State.

Below is a screen shot from the end of Red State that as usual with a Kevin Smith film hypes his next movie:

Instantly Smith was asked about Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman returning to work with him, Smith responded:

If [Melissa Leo] she’s not too tired from double-fisting awards all year, GOD YES!

If [John Goodman] he’ll have me again. He’d be playing Blue Jay Jennings – Buddy’s first coach.

He’ll [Michael Parks] be playing the French Canadian coach of Buddy’s first pro team

I’m really looking forward to seeing Red State in Radio City and as a hockey fan I cannot wait for Hit Somebody which according to Kevin Smith will be his last film.



Kevin Smith To Auction Off Distribution Rights For Red State, Protests Planned

Say what you want about filmmaker Kevin Smith he’s never boring.  This Sunday his long-awaited and much talked about horror film Red State will have its premiere in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival.

Smith funded Red State independently and it currently does not have a distributor. Instead of screening Red State for the press and distributors which is the norm Smith will hold a public auction immediately following the film.  I don’t know how this will end for the filmmaker as I can’t imagine many distributors participating in a public auction and paying the 6-8 million that Smith is hoping for.

If this doesn’t work, nobody really knows what will happen next in regards to Red State.  Smith has said in the past that he doesn’t want to use alternative distribution such as Video On Demand and DVD. Smith in his podcasts has lightly talked about distributing the film himself but would much rather not.

If this public auction isn’t enough, there is going to be a protest outside the theater against Red State! For those that do not know Red State is very loosely based on the infamous Westboro Baptist Church and its founder Fred Phelps.  The Church is planning to protest the screening of the film.  Smith has added more fire to fuel as he has been engaged in a war of words on Twitter with Phelps’ daughter Megan.

And the craziness doesn’t stop there! Smith is organizing his fans and followers to protest the protesters of the film at The Sundance Film Festival. Smith wants his fans to shout and wave around pointless, comedic slogans in attempt to mock the Church.

Like I said, say what you want about Kevin Smith, he’s not boring.

SOURCE: Variety


Kevin Smith And VOD Releases

If you’re on twitter (who isn’t?) and follow Kevin Smith you know he likes to tweet.  A lot! Sometime Smith uses twitter to promote himself; sometimes he uses twitter to update us on his sex life with his wife.  Then there are times Smith uses twitter to respond news reported on him that he feels is inaccurate or untruthful.  Smith also uses twitter to communicate with fans, answering some of their questions.  These replies can get quite long, but are often very interesting but they do fill your timeline up.

A few weeks ago Smith answered a question on his twitter account about whether or not he would ever release one of his films using Video On Demand.  Below is the question and Smith’s response to it:

Via @rpm1275 “read a great article about VOD & new releases over weekend, is this a route you can take with RedState?” Can we? Totally. Will we? Eventually. But NOT up front. I know it’s a digital age, and most people would rather get their entertainment at home (me included). But I’m a filmmaker from a generation that still feels like it fails if our flicks don’t debut in a movie theater & have a theatrical run. It’s illogical, I know – especially when the costs of releasing a flick are as high as the budget in some cases. But, to ME (this is how I feel in regards to the movies I make ONLY), a VOD debut would feel like a straight-to-video debut back in the 90’s. I know the business mode lends more toward a VOD environment for specialized cinema… but that’s the biz part of showbiz… and the SHOW half of the equation still burns too brightly in my big ol’ gut to allow for a biz-ness decision that the 21 yr old Kev who STARTED this journey, ‘lo those many years ago, would find unacceptable. We change & grow if we’re lucky, but we can’t shake the quirks that make up who were are as individuals. My makeup doesn’t allow for VOD first. VOD eventually, but I’m a movie-maker; I GOTTA show my stuff in a movie theater first. It’s stupid & conventional & antiquated, but all those people gathering in a building outside of their homes… that still means something to me. To have the power to make someone leave their comfortable home & spend money on some story you’re telling is the mead of gods. In a life that starts solely so that it can eventually end, the knowledge I can still get people to come to a movie theater to see my shit is oddly comforting.

The response to the followers question is an interesting, honest and well thought out answer regarding the future of how his movies are distributed and seen.  We hear a lot from studios and distributors about the benefits of releasing films to VOD carriers but not as much from the filmmakers who make the films. Kevin Smith is a filmmaker who usually makes small films that don’t get as big as a release as say Inception.  One would think that Smith would want his films to be distirubted on VOD to make more money and to get a chance to be seen by a wider audience.

In his response to the question Smith says that as a movie maker he needs to have his film premiere in a movie theater otherwise he considers it a failure.  He compares debuting a film on VOD to a film going straight to video back in the 80’s and 90’s.  I wonder how many more filmmakers feel the same way as Kevin Smith does towards VOD?

Personally when I see a film is on VOD I don’t think of it as a failure, especially if it’s playing in theaters simultaneously.  I think of it as an opportunity to get a bigger audience.  I have never ordered a film on VOD while it was still in theaters but that’s because I live in New York City.  I’d personally rather go to a movie theater then watch a new film in the comfort of my home but there are plenty of others that feel the opposite on the subject. I like to use IFC Films as an example of using the VOD platform to get a wider audience.  They have the IFC Center in New York City where IFC Films play.  Thanks to VOD if you don’t live in New York City you can still see an IFC Films release during its theatrical run using the IFC In Theaters VOD service.  You don’t have to wait no more for the film to be available on DVD and Blu-ray.

I don’t think Kevin Smith is wrong for not wanting to use VOD.  You also can’t accuse him of being afraid of technology.  Before twitter Smith had his message board where he would interact with his fans much the way he does on Twitter now.  He also had the blog Silent Bob Speaks which he still uses occasionally.  Smith used MySpace to blog.  Of course like everyone else he’s now on twitter.  And he also hosts about 100 different podcasts.  This is not about an older man fearing new technology.  It’s about the way the filmmaker feels his film should be seen.  It’s his film; therefore he deserves the right to say how and where people see it.  Smith spends months writing the film (except for Cop Out which he did not write); he spends time shooting and editing it before the release so he’s got a lot invested in the film.  I do believe he’s looking at VOD the wrong way.  It’s not a failure to be on VOD, it’s a way to reach the masses.

Kevin Smith is honest and always gives his opinions in detail on why he thinks the way he does on a subject.  If you are not following him on Twitter start, your timeline occasionally will blow up but it’s well worth it.


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