Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
One of the major selling points of the Red State screenings scheduled in advance of the full theatrical release has been Kevin Smith himself. For the past few months he’s been touring with the film and doing live question and answer sessions after each screening. If you aren’t in a major city, however, you’ve been shut out of the Red State tour. This past week the film opened On Demand, but even then it’s the movie sans Smith.
On September 25 Smith is hoping to bring that unique Red State experience to as many people as possible. Theaters all across the country will be screening the film simultaneously and audience members will be able to participate in and watch a live Q&A via Twitter and satellite. Then Smith will cap off the evening with an exclusive, live podcast, originating from the New Beverly in Los Angeles.
Curious if there’s a theater near you hosting this event? Find out after the jump.
Smith posted a partial theater listing on his Red Statements blog. Here’s the first batch of theaters. Head there to see if you can buy tickets yet.
CALIFORNIA – Camera 3 Cinemas (San Jose, CA)
CONNECTICUT -Bijou Theatre (Bridgeport, CT)
Bill Cosford Cinema (Miami/Coral Gables, FL)
Cinema Paradiso (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Cinematique Theater (Daytona Beach, FL)
Enzian (Maitland, FL)
Miami Beach Cinematheque (Miami Beach, FL)
Mos’Art Theatre (West Palm Beach, FL)
ILLINOIS – Wilmette Theatre (Chicago, IL)
KENTUCKY – Apex Baxter (Louisville, KY)
Cape Ann Community Cinema (Gloucester, MA)
Berkshire Museum Little Cinema (Pittsfield, MA)
MICHIGAN – Riviera Theatre (Three Rivers, MI)
ACME Screening Room (Lambertville, NJ)
Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal Park, NJ)
Digiplex Rialto Movie Theater (Westfield, NJ)
NEW MEXICO – KiMo (Albuquerque, NM)
Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
IFC Center (New York, NY)
The Little (Rochester, NY)
Smith Opera House (Geneva, NY)
OHIO – Gateway Film Center (Columbus, OH)
OKLAHOMA – Circle Cinema (Tulsa, OK)
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Cinema 16:9 (Lansdowne, PA)
The Oaks Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)
TEXAS – Texas Theatre (Dallas, TX)
WASHINGTON – Pickford Film Center (Bellingham, WA)
Smith will be announcing more theaters soon over on CoopersDell.com. Here’s some more info from Smith:
If you’re in Los Angeles on September 25th, join us at our cinematic home, the New Beverly Cinema for another round of Red State, followed by a Q&A. And if you can’t be at the New Beverly on 9/25 but still want to get in on the action? Hit one of the participating theaters and watch that shit get streamed to you LIVE! Ask me questions even if you’re not at the New Beverly, via Twitter hashtag! It’s gonna be neat!
Not enough to get you out of the house, now that Red State is on Video-On-Demand and available on your computer right now? Okay – I’ll gild the fuck out of that lily…
We cap the streaming screening and Q&A with a mini ep of HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON!
That’s right: see Ralph Garman as creepy Caleb in Red, then kick back and enjoy him in a mini episode of Babble to cap off your GARMY excursion!
Part 1 of why I’m in love with this: most of these theaters are in the nooks and crannies of the distribution world. These are suburban and college screens. Don’t look for us at any of the big chains: AMC, Regal, Cinemark all went emo about our Video-On-Demand supposedly going before theatrical (which technically, it didn’t: we played on 15 screens for single-night engagements – once even at an AMC in Kansas City). No worries – keep your empty multiplexes, gramps: we’re going to the Mom & Pop shops instead! We stayin’ indie, son!
Part 2 of why I’m in love with this: it’s got legs. The screen-n-stream-Q&A-live-pod event we’re doing with Emerging Pictures is something unique that we can’t replicate… but we can do more than once: if we put asses in seats for this and make the participating theaters happy, then we plan to do this bi-weekly or monthly!
Essentially, what we’re hoping to do in these theaters is a live streaming second semester of the Red State of the Union Q&A Class. Each time out, we’d run Red, then follow it with a Q&A with a different cast or crew member! So this first time out, it’s me and Ralph. If this works, the next time we screen-n-stream, we follow it with a Q&A with Michael Parks! The next screening, it’s Melissa Leo time! Then? Goodman! We’d do it like we did the podcast class at SModcastle last year, but this time, the class is live streaming in theaters as well – all across the country! You don’t even have to be in Hollywood to attend, because we’re on a screen down the street from your house, interacting with you and fielding your questions while you’re miles away!
And if this works? Then we can do it with SModcast. And Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. And Plus One. And Tell ‘Em, Steve-Dave.
If the Harvey Boys and SModCo are gonna ask you to leave the comfort of your home and laptop screen to hit a movie theater, you can be damn skippy we’re gonna over-deliver like a fat man eating pussy!
Have you seen the movie yet? Would you rather watch it on demand or see this full experience?