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The movie stars Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Michael Parks, the latter of whom plays a pastor who, in the words of THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy, “so rabidly professes his belief that the homosexual is Satan’s agent on Earth that even the neo-Nazis disown him.”
“How the f— did the @SpiritAwards NOT nominate Michael Parks?” he tweeted to his nearly 2 million followers. “Nor John Goodman? Nor Melissa Leo? F— your idiotic organization. #FakeIndie”
Meanwhile, the silent movie The Artist and the apocalyptic drama Take Shelter dominated the Spirit Award nominations. The two films will complete for the best feature award with the father-son drama Beginners, the noir thriller Drive and the Hawaii-set family drama The Descendants.
Red State debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. There, after suggesting for weeks that he would hold an auction for rights to his film, he announced that he would take the movie on the road himself throughout 2011. He paid himself a token $20 for the privilege.
Smith’s SModcast Pictures released the film March 5 when it embarked on the 15-city Red State USA Tour. According to the company, it spent less than $500 in paid advertising to support the tour, which kicked off at Radio City Music Hall and grossed $162,000 during one show. The film quietly topped the per-screen average charts for three weekends, making it the highest per-screen average film of the year and the ninth-highest per-screen average film of all time, according to SModcast.
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