If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Seventeen years ago Kevin Smith hit the independent film scene with 'Clerks'. The film became an instant hit at Sundance, and Smith became a hero to aspiring filmmakers everywhere. You all know the story - a young convenient store clerk saves up and shoots a small film at the place he works during off hours. Total budget? $27, 575. Total gross after US theater run? $3 million. Moral of the story? Anyone can make a film.
Today, Smith is not only telling people they can make their own film, but they can also distribute it, too. To hell with the studios, right? The director is setting out to prove this method of creative self empowerment by taking his latest film 'Red State' on the road to selected cities. "Red State' premiered at Sundance to mixed reviews. It was thought to easily secure a distributor, but Smith surprised the audience as he bought the film from himself for $20 and announced his tour.
Here is the entire speech.
'Red State' is considered a departure from the directors usual comedic fare. The story centers on a group of teen boys who encounter a murderous group of fundamentalists after responding to a sex ad. Want to see the film? Chere here to find out if it's coming to a theater near you:
The Spill Crew has been criticized for being a little too rough on 'ol Mr. Smith lately. Hey, we love the guy. Do we love all his movies? Weeeeeellllll...
But hey, we support anyone shoving a big middle finger to the man and saying, "Get in my way and I'll do it myself!" Agree? Disagree?