Kevin Smith Unhappy About Independent Spirit Award Snub
Posted 11.30.11 by Ryan
The Independent Spirit Awards nominations are out and guess who isn't pleased?
With silent movie The Artist and apocalyptic drama Take Shelter receiving the bulk of the nominations, including Best Feature (along with cancer comedy 50/50, father-son drama Beginners, noir thriller Drive, and family dramedy The Descendants), director Kevin Smith questioned why his horror movie Red State got completely snubbed. Smith took his complaint to his Twitter, where he called out the Spirit Awards for ignoring his cast.
How the f**k did the @SpiritAwards NOT nominate Michael Parks? Nor John Goodman? Nor Melissa Leo? F**k your idiotic organization. #FakeIndie
Smith certainly embraced the "independent spirit" for Red State but may have been penalized for the way he went about it. In January, Smith brought Red State to the Sundance Film Festival where he announced he would auction off the distribution rights after the movie's premiere. Instead, Smith auctioned the rights to himself for $20 and then proceeded to rail against the industry's model of movie distribution. "What we need to prove is that anyone can release a movie," Smith said at the time. "Indie film isn't dead, it just grew up. It is just indie film 2.0 now. In indie film 2.0, we don’t let them sell our movie, we sell our movie ourselves. We are going to make our money back by going out on the road and going city by city."
Smith then embarked on a Red State tour, screening the movie in 15 cities before being released via video on demand in September. The movie topped the per-screen average charts for three weekends, and eventually became the highest grossing, per-screen average movie of the year.
Red State follows three teenagers who become the target of a fundamentalist preacher (Parks). The movie is currently out on DVD and Blu-Ray.