There’s been a lot of talk in the past twelve hours about Kevin Smith, Red State, ‘four-walling,’ and the way that Mr. Smith’s distribution plans fit into the indie landscape. At the center of all the talk is the speech Mr Smith gave on stage after the debut Sundance screening of Red State. That’s where his ‘auction-style’ sales plan was revealed to be less a sale than a hand-off. Now, thanks to the magic of video, you can see the whole speech for yourself. Plus, read the director’s extended Twitter dialogue talking about the speech and the ‘sale.’ Read More »

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Does someone have a case of the Mondays? We understand. Going back to work sucks but while you probably had the weekend off, Slashfilm hasn’t stopped working. If you can call watching movies non-stop working.

Myself, Peter Sciretta and David Chen have been all over Park City Utah at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival which continues through next Sunday. We’ve reviewed over a dozen movies, quested for tickets, done video blogs and much more. Did you miss any of the coverage? No worries. We’ve created this convenient rundown of everything we’d published so far including reviews of the recently acquired films Project Nim and Margin Call, hidden gems like Win Win and Bellflower and, of course, all the Red State coverage you can handle.

Later today, be on the look out for reviews of My Idiot Brother, Like Crazy, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and more. But until then, see the roundup of all our coverage below:

Thursday January 20

Why do we come to the Sundance Film Festival? We explain it’s allure.

We have arrived at Sundance, and here’s what we are most excited for. Video Blog.

Friday January 21

Getting tickets to Red State was quite the ordeal.

The opening night film was James Marsh’s Project Nim. Here’s our review.

Ever see a horror movie all done in one shot? It’s called Silent House and here’s a review.

Margin Call stars Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and was reviewed here.

Saturday January 22

Bloody revenge came to Sundance in the way if I Saw The Devil. Our review is here.

It’s got big stars like Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson but does The Ledge deliver big? Find out here.

Around here we call it the Four M’s or MMMM. The real title is Martha Marcy May Marlene and it’s supposed to be amazing.

A mini-review roundup featuring The Future by Miranda July and Bobby Fischer Against the World.

Sunday January 23

Peter loved it at Toronto and a whole bunch of people, including David, loved it at Sundance. It’s a Submarine Video Blog!

Between movies, David was walking around Park City talking to movie fans. Here’s what they had to say.

My favorite film of the festival so far is Tom McCarthy’s Win Win with Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. Amazing movie.

Peter generated controversy by calling Bellflower “500 Days of Summer for the Jackass Hipster Generation,” read exactly what he meant.

Red State

Right after the movie ended, here’s what we all thought about Red State.

Kevin Smith made some major, big time, groundbreaking revelations about his film and its distribution. Read them here.

Here’s my full review of Red State and probably not the last.

Kevin Smith’s new film Red State is more than just a departure from his trademark comedic style. It’s almost a complete 180. The bright colors and pop culture references have been replaced with blacks, reds and long monologues about scripture. Smith’s still very reliant on the spoken word – almost to a fault – but now he balances it with machine guns, blood and hand held camera moves. This is a maturing, confident Smith who proves, after Cop Out, he still has a unique voice. With Red State, that voice isn’t saying anything incredibly groundbreaking, and at times it gets a tad preachy, but the director has expanded out of his comfort zone and given audiences a genuine piece of art.

Read the rest of the review and watch a video blog featuring Peter Sciretta and Jeff Goldsmith of Creative Screenwriting Magazine after the jump.

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This evening, Red State premiered in front of more than 1,200 people at the Eccles Theatre at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. As you might have heard, Smith had announced that he would be auctioning the film off following the screening. Not only did that not happen (Smith’s producer jokingly auctioned the film off to Smith himself for a scant $20), Smith also went on a 25-minute diatribe explaining, in mathematical detail, the problems with modern movie distribution and announced his own plans to distribute Red State to the masses.

Hit the jump for all the details.

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Kevin Smith is going to make back the money his own way for his newest film Red State. Part of that involves taking the film out on the road and making that profit off of willing audiences, city by city. Smith will be there for post-film Q&As at each location, and he’ll be bringing lead actor Michael Parks along with him. Sounds good, right? The price, however, may be higher than you’ll be willing to pay.

For all the details of Smith’s “Red State USA Tour,” including which cities it will visit, just hit the jump.
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Update: Germain has posted a full review which you can read right now here.

The world premiere, first-time-anyone-has-seen-it screening of Kevin Smith‘s Red State just ended at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Full reviews, video blogs and a report on the Q&A/auction are coming, but first, as the credits were rolling here at the Eccles Theater, we thought you’d immediately want to know how it was from multiple points of view.

Smith’s first foray into horror, about a trio of high school boys who find themselves face to face with a “holy force with a fatal agenda,” has gained an abundance of online notoriety and buzz thanks to Smith’s battles with bloggers, refusal to do press, promise of a post-premiere auction for the distribution rights, a dedicated podcast and much much more. Even before people got to Park City, the film was the festival’s hottest ticket, with scalpers getting in the hundreds on eBay. It’s also only scheduled to screen twice (with no official press screening).

Being that it’s Smith, it’s controversial, and everyone wants to know about it, we at Slashfilm have gone above and beyond to attempt to bring you all the Red State coverage you can handle. After the jump, read three immediate, during the credits, reactions to the film. Read More »

Kevin Smith has unveiled the final credit card of his upcoming horror film Red State, which promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.”
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/Film’s Quest for Red State Tickets

Did you hear? Director Kevin Smith is sorta not screening his newest film, Red State, for press at Sundance this year. Fortunately, Sundance offers press people the opportunity to request tickets for public screenings (of which Red State has only two) two days in advance. Unfortunately, there are a very limited number of public screening tickets and requesting one is no guarantee that you will actually receive one. So, obviously, a lot of us press folk had to get up at the break of dawn this morning to attempt to get tickets for the very first Red State screening, which takes place on Sunday evening.

Hit the jump to see video of our quest to get Red State tickets.
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