Kevin Smith Screens Red State Twice Tonight; Co-Writer Ben York Jones Rolls Like Crazy
Meanwhile, over in Newport Beach, there's a members-only screening of Santa Ana-bred filmmaker Drake Doremus' latest indie gem Like Crazy, with that film's co-writer (and Weekly Sundance Film Fest blogger) Ben York Jones handling the Q&A.
|Kevin Smith channels Welles.|
However, overall, I found the flick uneven. Red State is certainly no Clerks or Chasing Amy (nor Smith's hilarious SModcasts with Scott Mosier). You can't begrudge a filmmaker for spreading his wings by exploring other genres, but in the end the point of this bloodbath eluded simple ol' me.
Maybe that was it: fundie states in this union are red as is the life juice of the innocents they victimize along with our callous nation state. Perhaps the sequel will have Bible-thumping zombies eating the brains of Occupy demonstrators.
It is up to you, fair citizens, to go to the historic Art Theatre in Long Beach at 7:30 or 10 tonight, see what all the fuss is about, and then ask Smith all your questions that have been lingering since 1997, such as, "What's a Nubian?" Visit the event's Facebook page for more details and The Smodcast Network for your $20 tickets. If you can't make it, rent the Red State DVD or stream it over Netflix because, love it or hate it, you'll be supporting an indie auteur. Here's his trailer: