Monday, January 24, 2011
The biggest, most talked about news out of Sundance so far has been all the hoopla around Kevin Smith's RED STATE and his "new" distribution model. In lieu of a studio buying his film to market and distribute it, he's opted to take his show on the road. He'll be screening the film one town at a time leading up to its release in October. Tickets for these town screenings won't be like normal movie tickets; they'll be at least $60 but will include some Kevin Smith face time, probably in the form of a Q&A since he loves those.
While I'm no expert, I feel like one pirated copy could thwart the success of this model. But I'll guess we'll see when the time comes.
In the mean time, check out the backlash against Kevin Smith in these articles:
Sundance review: Kevin Smith's 'Red State' fails onscreen and off at its world premiere
Sundance: Watching Kevin Smith Implode
Sundance 2011 | 10 Choice Kevin Smith Quotes From His “Red State” Rant
Kevin Smith Isn’t Saving Indie Film, He’s Spitting In Its Face
And then, of course his tweeted rebuttal:
Kevin Smith Takes On the Red State Backlash in Two-Hour Tweet-a-thon
Now, I love this movie so much that you should by no means see this and think you can skip out on the full-length feature. However, you can watch this on those days when you don't have enough time to dedicate the 2 hours but still need that Scott Pilgrim pick-me-up.