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A year ago, Kevin Smith announced at Sundance that he wouldn’t seek traditional distribution for his horror film Red State, but instead use his podcast network Smodcast to hype the project as he and it traveled around the country for screenings and talks. Smith figured that if the film was made for his audience, why waste the money advertising when he already had their ear via podcasts and Twitter? The gamble seems to have paid off.
Smith has said he has just one more film in him, the hockey flick Hit Somebody based on a Warren Zevon song written by Mitch Albom, but that doesn’t mean he’s getting out of the film business. In fact, according to a new press release and blog post, Smith is simply shifting his focus, moving from making his own films to giving other filmmakers a shot at worthwhile distribution. Smodcast Pictures has teamed up with Canadian distributor Phase 4 to produce up to a dozen films a year including four theatrical releases as well as tours with Smith to hype the films.
In his post, Smith showed his excitement for the project and bringing in new blood to the film world. “I honestly cannot wait to start finding flicks to take out on the road. Live action, animation, big budget, micro-budget, comedy, drama, horror – I want you to send ‘em all to SMacquisitions@phase4films.com! Come join the circus!”