Sundance 2011: First Images and a New Poster for Kevin Smith’s RED STATE

     December 3, 2010

Hot off the heels of news that Kevin Smith’s upcoming horror film Red State was recently accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, new images have been revealed from the film and a new poster has been unveiled by Smith himself. The poster was released by Smith via Twitter as a “thank you” to fans who pledged $1000 to The Wayne Foundation in less than 30 minutes. The Wayne Foundation is a charity devoted to stopping pederasts, with a mission to provide young women who have fallen victim to commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking with a means of leaving the sex industry for good.

The poster unveiled by Smith features Red State actress Kerry Bishe, and is one of four posters that Smith plans to release next week starting Monday. The headline of the poster, “The Virgin”, asserts Smith’s statement on his “Red State of the Union” podcast that the film begins very much like an 80’s horror film.  Smith’s podcast has been the source of a great deal of news concerning the film, particularly his description of the flick as essentially about “sex, religion, and politics.”  The images from the film that were released showcase Smith’s stellar cast, and confirm that the film is a drastic departure from his previous catalog of films. Hit the jump the check out the poster and images, as well as a bit more on the flick.

Red State stars Michael Parks, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, John Goodman, and Melissa Leo, as well as Kevin Pollak, Anna Gunn, Stephen Root, and Smith’s Hit Somebody lead Nicholas Braun. Per the Sundance release, the flick is about “a group of misfits [who] encounter extreme fundamentalism in Middle America.” Parks is said to play a Fred Phelps-type preacher who leads a family of followers. We previously brought you the first teaser poster for the film, which was created by producer Jon Gordon’s assistant Melissa Bloom. I quite like the posters released so far, and these new images have me even more excited for the film (John freaking Goodman!). Needless to say, I’m hoping the flick gets picked up quickly at Sundance so audiences will get to peep it themselves sometime next year.

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And here are links to the first images from other films playing at Sundance:

  • Another Earth (starring William Mapother, Brit Marling, and Jordan Baker)
  • Benavides Born (starring Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez, and Joseph Julian Soria)
  • Cedar Rapids (starring John C. Reilly, Ed Helms, and Sigourney Weaver)
  • Circumstance (starring Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, and Reza Sixo Safai)
  • The Convincer (starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, and Alan Arkin)
  • The Details (starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, and Laura Linney)
  • The Devil’s Double (starring Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, and Mimoun Oaissa)
  • HERE (starring Ben Foster, Lubna Azabal and Narek Nersisyan)
  • Higher Ground (starring Vera Farmiga, John Hawkes, and Dagmara Dominczyk)
  • Homework (starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, and Michael Angarano)
  • I Melt With You (starring Rob Lowe, Thomas Jane, and Jeremy Piven)
  • The Ledge (starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, Christopher Gorham)
  • Life in a Day (directed by Kevin Macdonald, produced by Ridley Scott)
  • Like Crazy (starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston)
  • Little Birds (starring Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, and Kyle Gallner)
  • Margin Call (starring Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, and Paul Bettany)
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene (starring Elizabeth Olsen, Hugh Dancy, and John Hawkes)
  • The Music Never Stopped (starring J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, and Cara Seymour)
  • My Idiot Brother (starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Zooey Deschanel)
  • On The Ice (starring Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr, and Sierra Jade Sampson)
  • Pariah (starring Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker and Kim Wayans)
  • Perfect Sense (starring Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, and Ewen Bremner)
  • Red State (directed by Kevin Smith; Starring Michael Parks, John Goodman, and Melissa Leo)
  • Salvation Boulevard (starring Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, and Ed Harris)
  • The Son of No One (starring Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, and Juliette Binoche)
  • Terri (starring Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, and Creed Bratton)
  • Win Win (starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and Jeffrey Tambor)

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