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The Kevin Smith comic horror film Red State will be shown in select theaters nationwide on Sept. 25, followed by a Q&A with the director. Smith, who will be stationed at the Quentin Tarantino-owned New Beverly theater in Los Angeles, will take questions via Twitter. The proceedings will be digitally streamed live to participating theaters, SModcast Pictures announced Friday.
“Red State will be made available as a ‘One-Night-Only’ event which mirrors the format of SModcast’s record breaking Red State USA Tour from earlier this year,” said David Dinerstein, whose D Squared Films is overseeing the film’s distribution for SModcast. Dinerstein added that a “special guest” will moderate the Q&A.
Red State stars Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Michael Parks who 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.”
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.
SModcast released the film on 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 9th highest per screen average film of all time, notes SModcast.
Red State tells the story of a group of teens in Middle America who receive an online invitation for sex, but soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
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