Red State on screen

Kevin Smith is taking his independently shot horror film around the country one city at a time, rather like a concert tour (for example, schedule for the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles shows his name, not the film title). The professed strategy is to raise money for a nationwide release, with the official RED STATE website ( encouraging fans to purchase merchandise in hope of raising the $2.5-million that it would cost to strike 1,000 prints of the film.

You gotta give Smith credit for his novel approach, whether you think it’s a pipe dream or a publicity stunt.  As for the film itself, presumably we can all guess the content , judging by the title (hint: fundamentalism gone wild) . Sundance reviews of RED STATE were somewhat reserved, suggesting that there was a good movie in there somewhere, waiting for a little editing to turn the shiny lump into a gem. Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, and John Goodman head the cast.

red state Play Dates:

  • March 5: Radio City Music Hall, NY, NY
  • March 6: Wilbur Theater, Boston, MA
  • March 8: Harris Theater, Chicago, IL
  • March 9: State Theater, Minneapolis, MN
  • March 10: Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
  • March11: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis, IN
  • March 12: Midland Theater, Kansas City, MO
  • March 14: Clark State PAC, Springfield, OH
  • March 15: Warner Theatre, Washington DC
  • March 22: Paramount Theater, Denver, CO
  • March 26: McAlister Auditorium, New Orleans, LA
  • March 28: Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX
  • March 29: Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta, GA
  • April 4: Marion Oliver McCall Hall, Seattle, WA
  • April 9: Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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