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Kevin Smith Wants to Screen Red State at Sundance Film Festival

Having just completed the first cut of his new independently produced horror film ‘Red State,’ Kevin Smith is hoping to screen the movie at the next Sundance Film Festival. The news comes after the director screened the movie for the cast and crew at their wrap party.

While the practice of screening a film at a wrap party is extremely unheard of, Smith didn’t need a long post-production period to finish putting it together. He edited the movie as he filmed it. He tweeted the news of the screening, writing “Tonight’s historic: at our RED STATE wrap party, the cast/crew will watch the flick from end-to-end, edited: 92 minutes, 98 w/ credits.”

Smith said at a press event that his next step with ‘Red State’ is to submit it to next year’s festival, which will occur in January. He plans to submit it without a distributor, and see where it goes from there. Since Smith has raised funding for the movie through independent means, it will at least get a DVD/Blu-Ray release, as well as a self-distribution screening tour.

The movie follows a group of kids who meet a crazed preacher, who is based on Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. Michael Parks plays the preacher, and Michael Angarano, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Kevin Pollak and Stephen Root also star.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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