Updated with theatrical road show dates inside. Some interesting news out of the Sundance Film Festival world premiere of Kevin Smith’s Red State, his political horror film that follows a group of kids who encounter a crazed preacher who gives a whole new meaning to the term “extreme fundamentalism.” After kick-starting the screening with the widely publicized double protest, the screening was set to end with a live auction straight from the Eccles theater in Park City, Utah. In a shocker(?) Kevin Smith bought his own movie for $20 and will release it solo via his Smodcast Pictures Banner on October 19. Leading up to the release, Smith will take the pic on a road tour this coming March. As much as Smith turns my stomach these days, I have to say this is a quite impressive plan of action where he’s made a film FOR his fans that he’ll bring directly to them. Know your audience and cater to them. While this is nothing new per se (Repo! The Genetic Opera), could the man who began his career with the indie Clerks be the one to put a fresh spin on the old-school indie scene? This could prove to be quite interesting.
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