Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures Partnering with Distributor Phase 4
by Alex Billington
January 23, 2012
On the exact one year anniversary of the world premiere of Kevin Smith's Red State at Sundance 2011 last year (our review), Smith and Phase 4 Films have announced a new partnership. Phase 4 and Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures Presents label have partnered for distribution of "up to twelve films per year" moving forward. It looks like there's no more self-distribution, even though Red State was an indie hit and they made back all their money (and more). "We had a terrific experience working with Kevin and his team on Red State in Canada and are thrilled to be embarking on this new venture with him," said Phase 4's CEO.
Phase 4 and Kevin Smith will consider movies from all budget levels to release under the label, to form a handpicked collection of unique independent films that resonate with Smith’s and SModcast's audience. Phase 4 and SModCo plan to include an interactive component as well, allowing fans the opportunity to vote for the movie tour to come to their city. Phase 4 will release four of these films theatrically each year, which will include a live tour with Kevin Smith, similar to that of Red State, with the remainder of films being released via all other traditional and digital platforms. "This label will connect filmmakers and producers with a rabid audience of movie fans that only Kevin Smith can deliver," said Phase 4 CEO Berry Meyerowitz.
"I had the most fun I've ever had in my entire career touring Red State last year," said Smith. "Watching the movie with an enthusiastic audience and then doing a longer Q&A than the flick itself, jumping on the tour bus and waking up in another city where we'd do it all over again - it felt less like boring ol' film exhibition and more like punk rock. We learned (and made) lots touring Red State, so now, SModcast Pictures wants to put that experience to good use for other films and filmmakers on smaller road shows for their flicks. We'll do four or five cities per film, where I'll intro the movie and do a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. At SModcast Pictures, we aim to be the Island of Misfit Toys for flicks!"
To submit a film for consideration under Kevin Smith Presents, email SMacquisitions@phase4films.com. This is a very interesting development regarding Kevin Smith and his self-distribution plan from last year. I was intrigued to follow Red State last year and see if his plans, that he announced at Sundance 2011, would pay off. They obviously did and despite all the naysayers, including many folks from within the industry, he proved he could reinvent the distribution model. I doubt they're trying to do that again here, but at least Smith will have a dedicated team at Phase 4 to help release any films they want over the course of a year. I'm very curious to see what they pick up and distribute (besides Smith's upcoming two-part hockey saga) as Phase 4 hasn't had much worthwhile recently. We'll keep you updated and let you know when there's news.
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