Posts Tagged ‘Sundance Film Festival


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 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


First Trailer For Perfect Sense Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green

MTV debuted an early trailer for Perfect Sense starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green (Casino Royale). The film is directed by British director David Mackenzie and will be making it’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and currently does not have a distributor.

The story centers on what it means to love and be loved in these times we currently live in and is a bit of a romantic thriller.


5 Films From Sundance Will Be Shown On VOD

Times are changing.  The movie business realizes it needs to adapt or be left behind.  Festivals are starting to see that too.  This year Sundance will be making five films available On Demand for 30 days that are playing at the festival.

The Five Films Are:

Uncle Kent Directed By Joe Swanberg: Forty-year-old Kent Osborne works out of his sunny Los Angeles home as a cartoonist for a children’s show. During his day, he takes bong hits and hangs out with his fluffy cat. Kent hopes to hook up with Kate, a cute New York journalist he met online on Chatroulette, when she comes to stay for the weekend. Although their time together is sexually loaded—they take raunchy pictures and pick up a bicurious girl on Craigslist—things don’t go quite as Kent imagined.

Written by Swanberg and Osborne, the film captures Kent’s existence with comedic charm and understated pathos. No matter how confusing his personal relationships get, he’ll always be Uncle Kent.

Kaboom Directed By Gregg Araki: A hyperstylized, pansexual trip, Kaboom is a live-action film born out of the graphic novel aesthetic. Thomas Dekker plays Smith, a film student lusting after his dumb, hunky roommate (aptly named Thor), but after eating a drug-laced cookie, he hooks up with a hot chick, London (Juno Temple). Meanwhile, a bizarre mystery brews involving his lesbian BFF’s obsessive, witchy girlfriend, weird guys in masks who chase him around campus, and a recurring dream about a dead girl. Unrestrained and completely over the top, Kaboom picks up where Araki’s “Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy” of the 1990s left off. With his impeccable craft, rebellious spirit, and outrageous vision intact, Araki remains a true indie master.

These Amazing Shadows Directed By Paul Mariano & Kurt Norton: From Dorothy’s entrance into Oz to the pizza delivery at Ridgemont High, cinematic moments take on iconic levels of meaning in a film lover’s life. As the government-appointed protector of our cinematic legacy, the National Film Registry selects culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant works for preservation in the Library of Congress. From award-winning features to music videos, experimental films to home movies, each registry selection reflects a truth of its time or a standout artistic vision. Through interviews with registry board members, archivists, and notable filmmakers like John Singleton and John Waters, directors Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton demonstrate the way film documents artistic and societal milestones. Guided by a true cinephile’s love of the medium and a treasure trove of archival footage, These Amazing Shadows molds a cultural history from pieces of film, offering a microcosm of the work of the National Film Registry and making a powerful case for film preservation.

Septien Directed by Michael Tully: Eighteen years after disappearing without a trace, Cornelius Rawlings returns to his family’s farm. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius’s brothers continue to live in isolation on this forgotten piece of land. Ezra is a freak for two things: cleanliness and Jesus. Amos is a self-taught artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. Although back home, Cornelius is still distant. In between challenging strangers to one-on-one games, he huffs and drinks the days away. The family’s high-school sports demons show up one day in the guise of a plumber and a pretty girl. Only a mysterious drifter can redeem their souls on 4th and goal. Triple-threat actor/writer/director (and disturbingly gifted athlete) Michael Tully creates a backwoods world that’s only a few trees away from our own, complete with characters on the edge of sanity that we can actually relate to. A hero tale gone wrong, Septien is funny when it’s inappropriate to laugh, and realistic when it should be psychotic. Goooaaaaaaaaal.

Mad Basterds Directed by Brendan Fletcher: TJ is a mad bastard, and his estranged 13-year-old son Bullet is on the fast track to becoming one, too. After being turned away from his mother’s house, TJ sets off across the country to the Kimberly region of northwestern Australia to make things right with his son. Grandpa Tex has lived a tough life, and now, as a local cop, he wants to change things for the men in his community. Crosscutting between three generations, Mad Bastards is a raw look at the journey to becoming a man and the personal transformation one must make. Developed with local Aboriginal communities and fueled by a local cast, Mad Bastards draws from the rich tradition of storytelling inherent in Indigenous life. Using music from legendary Broome musicians the Pigram Brothers, writer/director Brendan Fletcher poetically fuses the harsh realities of violence, healing, and family.


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