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Article: Red State (2011 film)
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Controversy soon erupted after Kevin Smith's public behavior during the film's debut screening at [[Sundance]]. Although Smith had decided to self-distribute the film, according to the film's producer Jonathan Gordon the option of self-distributing the movie wasn't considered at first:<blockquote>Hiring longtime specialty exec Dinerstein (whose film marketing consultancy also arranges self-distribution deals), bringing aboard Cinetic Media (which arranged service deals for sale titles like last year's Banksy doc "Exit Through the Gift Shop") with co-seller WME, and slapping the word "March" at the end of the teaser trailer has led many to suspect Smith has a self-distribution backup plan should an attractive offer fail to materialize. But is self-distribution or a service deal even an option they're considering? "No," says Gordon. "We want to have someone who loves the movie, understands it, knows how to handle it and get the most out of it."<ref name="variety1"/></blockquote>
 
Controversy soon erupted after Kevin Smith's public behavior during the film's debut screening at [[Sundance]]. Although Smith had decided to self-distribute the film, according to the film's producer Jonathan Gordon the option of self-distributing the movie wasn't considered at first:<blockquote>Hiring longtime specialty exec Dinerstein (whose film marketing consultancy also arranges self-distribution deals), bringing aboard Cinetic Media (which arranged service deals for sale titles like last year's Banksy doc "Exit Through the Gift Shop") with co-seller WME, and slapping the word "March" at the end of the teaser trailer has led many to suspect Smith has a self-distribution backup plan should an attractive offer fail to materialize. But is self-distribution or a service deal even an option they're considering? "No," says Gordon. "We want to have someone who loves the movie, understands it, knows how to handle it and get the most out of it."<ref name="variety1"/></blockquote>
   
The sudden announcement of self-distribution after initially announcing an auction provoked a backlash from the media and accusations of dishonesty,<ref name="hitfix1"/><ref name="autogenerated1">{{cite web|first=Josh |last=Wigler |url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/02/09/kevin-smith-red-state-sundance/ |title=Kevin Smith On ''Red State'' Sundance Controversy: "I Didn't Lie" |publisher=MTV Movies Blog |date=February 9, 2011 |accessdate=August 5, 2011}}</ref> with some analysts commenting that they watched Kevin Smith "implode" and that he had "lost cred" and one prominent buyer saying, "He stole two hours and insulted every one of us...He was a little like the twisted preacher Michael Parks played in his film. It became life imitating art."<ref>{{cite web|last=Fleming |first=Mike |title=Sundance: Watching Kevin Smith Implode |publisher=[[Deadline.com]] |date=January 24, 2011 |accessdate=January 28, 2011 |url=http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/sundance-watching-kevin-smith-implode/}}</ref> The internet community seemed to galvanize in response to the controversy, according to analysts, "...it seems Kevin Smith finally has the Internet critical community united on the same side: against him."<ref>{{cite web|first=Shawn |last=Adler |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1657531/kevin-smith-red-state.jhtml |title=Kevin Smith Responds To Backlash From ''Red State'' Sundance Premiere |publisher=MTV Movie News |date=February 8, 2011 |accessdate=August 5, 2011}}</ref> Smith countered allegations of dishonesty by saying, "And I told the truth, in my tweet. I said, 'If I get to Sundance, I intend to pick my distributor in the room, auction-style.' Auction-style—did I not do that?...I stood up there and said that I'm gonna take my movie—I'm gonna take it out and try not to spend money doing it."<ref name="autogenerated1"/>
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The sudden announcement of self-distribution after initially announcing an auction provoked a backlash from the media and accusations of dishonesty,<ref name="hitfix1"/><ref name="autogenerated1">{{cite web|first=Josh |last=Wigler |url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/02/09/kevin-smith-red-state-sundance/ |title=Kevin Smith On ''Red State'' Sundance Controversy: "I Didn't Lie" |publisher=MTV Movies Blog |date=February 9, 2011 |accessdate=August 5, 2011}}</ref> with some analysts commenting that they watched Kevin Smith "implode" and that he had "lost cred" and one prominent buyer saying, "He stole two hours and insulted every one of us...He was a little like the twisted preacher Michael Parks played in his film. It became life imitating art."<ref>{{cite web|last=Fleming |first=Mike |title=Sundance: Watching Kevin Smith Implode |publisher=[[Deadline.com]] |date=January 24, 2011 |accessdate=January 28, 2011 |url=http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/sundance-watching-kevin-smith-implode/}}</ref> The internet community seemed to galvanize in response to the controversy, according to analysts, (This is a run-on sentence. It's a nice example of a comma splice. Why do people who can't write think they can write an encyclopedia entry?) "...it seems Kevin Smith finally has the Internet critical community united on the same side: against him."<ref>{{cite web|first=Shawn |last=Adler |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1657531/kevin-smith-red-state.jhtml |title=Kevin Smith Responds To Backlash From ''Red State'' Sundance Premiere |publisher=MTV Movie News |date=February 8, 2011 |accessdate=August 5, 2011}}</ref> Smith countered allegations of dishonesty by saying, "And I told the truth, in my tweet. I said, 'If I get to Sundance, I intend to pick my distributor in the room, auction-style.' Auction-style—did I not do that?...I stood up there and said that I'm gonna take my movie—I'm gonna take it out and try not to spend money doing it."<ref name="autogenerated1"/>
   
 
Kim Masters, editor-at-large for the ''[[Hollywood Reporter]]'', interviewed associates close to Smith about his alleged career "implosion" at the [[Sundance]] debut of his film and the events leading up to it:
 
Kim Masters, editor-at-large for the ''[[Hollywood Reporter]]'', interviewed associates close to Smith about his alleged career "implosion" at the [[Sundance]] debut of his film and the events leading up to it:
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