We here at Nerdlocker are big fans of Kevin Smith. We love his movies and love his touring Q&A show even more. This guy is amazing to just listen to.
Now comes word from Park City’s Sundance Film Festival that Kevin Smith, who bought the rights to his own film Red State for $20 (studios were slated to buy the film for upwards of millions of dollars), will retire after completion of his hockey comedy “Hit Somebody”. His plan for Red State is to take it on a rolling roadshow tour kicking off March 5th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The goal is obviously to recoup the $4 million budget, so ticket prices will be a bit pricey, in the $50 – $100 range. Before you start complaining though, this will be a true show in that obviously attendees will see the movie, but will also have Kevin Smith and actor Michael Parks on hand after each screening for a Q & A. There are also rumors of giveaways.
Although we will all be sad to see Smith vacate the directing chair, I think it’s safe to say he won’t be leaving the public arena. And I for one like his idea for Red State. It really harkens back to independent film and sidestepping the studio/Hollywood system. Definitely hope it proves tremendously successful. What do you think?