Early 'Red State' Buzz Promises Interesting Sundance Premiere
With the line-up for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival arriving this week, we'll finally know if Kevin Smith's Red State will get its world premiere at the snowy festival as is expected. I'm already interested in seeing Smith's new political horror film that will apparently be unlike anything he's directed before, but it sounds like there's a lot to look forward to. SlashFilm posted a quote from director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, The Box) who commented on Red State during a Smodcast recording, saying some very enthusiastic things, including that if it does show at Sundance, "I might actually come up to just see the audience's response."
Here is Kelly's full quote on Red State: "I have never seen a filmmaker reinvent himself the way you just have. I won't say anything else because I don't want to spoil anything. It's really really exciting. If the movie ends up playing at Sundance, I might actually come up to just see the audience's response. I can not wait…"
Smith has already finished production on Red State and is hoping to premiere it at Sundance or Cannes. The cast in the film includes John Goodman, Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano, Stephen Root, Kevin Pollak, Anna Gunn, Melissa Leo, Michael Parks and Haley Ramm. Over the weekend, Smith sent an email to SlashFilm talking about his career and plans to auction off Red State to a distributor right at the festival. "Might even bring up a professional auctioneer to make it fun and unintelligible." Now that would be hilarious. It sounds like, despite his growing disdain towards film critics, Smith is ready to unveil something entirely different with Red State, and that's half the reason I want to see it. Let's hope it does get into Sundance - stay tuned!
Of course, Richard Kelly is his friend and won't be negative, but this is some interesting buzz. Does he think we'll see an audience that is either disgusted and walks out or cheers at the right moments? If so, that makes me so much more excited to see what Smith has up his sleeves, hopefully late one cold, snowy night in January.