“Red State” Updates: Viral Sites, Distribution, & What’s Next…
- The latest blog-exclusive post from Kevin features a letter dating back 3 years when the script first went out to Harvey Weinstein for consideration. Kevin goes on to mention hopes that Mr. Weinstein is in attendance in Sundance for the big Sunday screening, along with other studios such as Fox Searchlight and Lions Gate…Studios who like to back unique, compelling films for distribution. We have a feeling that “Red State” will stand alone and give a studio a big chance to back a winner. He’s promising a fun after-show where rumors have it he’ll take open bids for the flick just after the lights come up.In addition, the post re-ignites the dream of a fan-produced film, allowing folks like YOU the chance to get a movie made…Run your own movie studio! This idea stems all the way back to pre-”Red State” financing, an idea we loved, so it’s cool to see that it hasn’t been forgotten. A few words from that:
- “…Here’s something I regret being talked out of: we flirted with the idea of a fan-funded model of Red State, with all profits from the eventual sale funding a micro-budget indie (or “People’s”) studio. http://silentbobspeaks.com/?p=391Could you imagine?
Had I not buckled to the carping of some unimaginative, alarmist cranks, we’d ALL be going to Sundance in three weeks – with a flick YOU financed with $5 bucks here, $500 bucks there. I wasn’t gonna make a dime, either: the idea was to create a way for the next generation of storytellers to get their first films made, financed on the back of Red State.
The big story at Sundance this year could’ve been how crowd-source financing produced Red State. But some myopic jackass with maybe 10k in hits at his website per year scared me off a revolutionary idea – with fucking name-calling. Branded a beggar and blasted for not using my own money to finance Red State (completely missing the point of the People’s Studio being built with nickels & dimes from the people – like a coffee co-op), I asked Jon to put aside all the time & tax research we’d put into crowd-source financing and went the traditional route of finding investors.Iím not complaining: it worked out great because we really dig the freedom we were granted by our hands-off investors. But the fan-funded Red State will always gnaw at me: I knew I was right, but I let a blind man talk me out of something I could clearly see. “
One of the big 2011 plans has been revealed! Plans are, after HIT SOMEBODY, it’s YOUR TURN. Stay tuned. We love it. SMovies produced by you, for you!
- Interested parties who want to talk to the great Michael Parks or any of the “Red State” cast and crew can call (310) 893-0864 and leave a message. You’ll get a call back to set something up. Kevin’s also hinting at a big push starting this Monday, though we’re unsure if that’s some sort of twitter Q&A, or something bigger.
- Here’s what Kevin had to say about one of the lucky first to schedule a sit down with star Michael Parks (and good advice for anyone thinking of doing the same):
“You’re in for a real treat, sitting down with Parks. Ask him to tell you the story of when Huston tried to kill him. He was tight with both Lenny Bruce AND Johnny Cash. Talking to Parks is like getting lost on the internet while you’re reading up on shit you’re insanely interested in: not only is it fun, it’s a VALUABLE use of time. I made RedState solely so I could spend an entire movie watching a true genius drop science in a 25 day performance clinic, right before my very eyes. I wanted to know what it would be like to be ON the set of a movie when someone gave an instant-classic performance. Parks work in this flick ain’t just gonna outlive me, it’s gonna outlive Parks (who I’m convinced is an immortal). So know that, when you sit down with this man, you are sitting down with film history. Music history. Pop culture history. And most importantly? Human history. Michael has LIVED and has loads to impart – all useful. He’s got the kind of integrity that’s only usually found in fictional characters. He is, without a doubt, one of the 10 most interesting people I’ve ever known. You’re gonna have a great time talking to him. Just make sure you’ve done your homework before.”
- The viral sites we’ve seen hinted about are now part of the official SModcast and Red State sites, and will grow in content post-Sundance. For now, take a look at http://goddamnsusa.com/ for a quick taste (yes, the spelling errors in the article were intentional), and peep all the posters at http://coopersdell.com/. The latter will also feature some fan-made posters (like this one) down the road.
- At Sundance, just two shows still on the schedule – Sunday night at 6:15 at Eccles and again on Monday morning at Library.
- Catch the latest in the ongoing series of “Red State of the Union” Q&As, the latest featuring Michael Angarano telling the story of how he got trampled by a horse, exlcusively at the “Red State of the Union” SModcast site. Yes, the best film school on the web is still free!