Kevin Smith not doing press for RED STATE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 29th, 2010

Apparently, Kevin Smith didn’t get any less grumpy over the holiday season.

2010 has not been a good year for the now-geek curmudgeon. After releasing a godawful film, known to those who dare to speak its name as COP OUT, Smith went on tirade after tirade, pointing out that since being considered the end-all be-all of geek filmmakers, he’s not only become a stale director, but one who is now hellbent on shunning those critics who made him who he is today.

And now, according to the filmmaker himself (via /Film), his upcoming film RED STATE won’t spark a change in that. The director took to the web yet again, and announced that while he will be doing the occasional press piece, and “LOTS of radio,” he will not be doing any press in promotion of his hotly-anticipated horror effort. Furthermore, he’ll take to his podcast, Smodcast, and will not only talk about the film, but will provide transcripts for us journalists.

Aren’t you just a damn peach, Mr. Smith? Here’s the full, silly statement:

"I’m not press-junketing at all, anywhere. In fact, I’m not doing any press outside of maybe a business piece or 2 to help sell the flick if needed, & radio (LOTS of radio). That’s what about: I’m providing all the information needed to write a story, if that’s what you’re looking to do. It’s INSANELY detailed, and by the time we’re done, I’ll have pre-answered all questions about RedState – thus negating the need to speak with me about it. From nearly 20 yrs experience, I know this much: folks are gonna write WHATEVER they want, whether I sit down with them or not. So I’ll just furnish all the information I’d normally serveup one at a time to a small, jaded audience that doesn’t really give a shit unless there’s someone famous in the room, to a much larger, APPRECIATIVE audience that would actually enjoy & benefit from hearing the same information. And thus far, it’s been working out great. Folks that wanna write about RedState pull from the podcasts, folks that don’t wanna but have to (so as not to seem behind the curve or a day late & dollar short in this information-is-currency culture) are doing what they lazily always do: pulling from the OTHER blogs that actually did their homework. Sometimes, their Google searches take ‘em back to the earliest stories (like back when Dermot Mulroney was sort of briefly mentioned once) & it shows up in their current posting, exposing their sloppy work ethic (which, they’ll accuse me of having in MY work, without a hint of irony). So rather than subject all involved to a painful waste of resources, time & money, I’m doing the RedStateOfTheUnion Q&A’s. It’s kind of like an audio press kit. We’re even transcribing them now, for the SUPER lazy writers who’ve already bitched about having to wade through 12 hours of audio so they can write knowledgeably about a subject. Nobody needs to talk to me anymore anyway, as anyone who’s curious can always know what I’m thinking 24/7 right here on Twitter. Besides – the REALLY interesting story in RedState isn’t me; it’s MichaelParks. Or JohnGoodman. Or MelissaLeo. Or the ENTIRE cast. Or s’about how @ThatDavidKlein CRUSHED it."

So when we writers take a filmmaker to task, that means we don’t get to talk to them. At least the guy is consistent. That’s more than we can say about his films.

RED STATE premieres, without press screenings, at Sundance next month.

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