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UPDATE With Video! Kevin Smith Buys His Own Movie

Jan 24, 2011 | 9:06am EST

Kevin SmithUPDATE! Someone taped the whole thing and they're embedded below!

Oh, Kevin Smith. Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. It’s not that I disagree with what you’re doing and saying, because I am totally behind you in that regard. The thing that bothers me though is the way you go about and say it. But then again, you are making quite the splash with your stunts, so who knows. You might have struck gold after all.

In the past few weeks, Smith has been promising a crazy show following the premier of his new movie Red State at Sundance. He promised an auction to the highest bidder for distribution rights to his latest (and wildly different) flick, a horror film sort-of but-not-really but-definitely-is based on Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. But after delivering a scathing 15 minute “sermon” himself to all the buyers in the room about how fucked up the system is and how hard it is to turn a profit on a film when marketing this $4 million film would require at least $20 million more, he sold the movie to himself. Going the self-distribution mode, he plans on taking the film across the country in a tour with a screening and a Q+A with himself and the star of the movie, Michael Parks. And then once that is said and done, he’ll release it to the various venues himself hoping to strike better deals than the studios.

And that's not even half of the news Smith brought to Sundance: Prior to the screening, members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested it. Smith called for a counter protest that produced hoards of his fans with hilarious signs of his own. He also announced his retirement from acting following the completion of his next film, Hit Somebody. Honestly, I'm more excited about Hit Somebody than I am Red State, if only because it seems more in line with Smith's strengths (comedy and hockey) than it does with Red State.

As Deadline points out, it was kind of dickish (at least to the people there doing their jobs). But Deadline suckles at the teat of the entertainment industry, so who knows. Vulture has a better summation of the whole thing. As for me, good for Kevin Smith taking his own life into his hands! I may think he talks too much and his constant whoring of his podcast might rub me the wrong way, but I enjoy his films (save for Cop Out - yeesh). I’m not quite sure if I want to pay “six, seven, or even ten times what you’d normally pay to see a movie,” especially a Kevin Smith film. But Red State has been getting good reviews and Smith is doing this whether we like it or not. If it succeeds, good for him. And if it doesn’t, oh well. Didn’t hurt anyone. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Vulture, Deadline, and AV Club give you three different POVs for the whole thing


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