American Film Festival 2011
Thursday, November 17 - 20:45
Saturday, November 19 - 15:15
Sunday, November 20 - 13:00
Ever since Clerks (co-winner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival), Kevin Smith has been known for his sharp, subversive, comedic writing. He shifts from comedy to horror with RED STATE and aptly demonstrates that good writing transcends genre.
RED STATE begins by following three horny high-school boys who come across an online ad from an older woman looking for a gang-bang. Boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. But what begins as a fantasy takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying "holy" force with a fatal agenda. Instead of relying on archetypes and predictable formulas, Smith meticulously fashions all-too-real characters, utilizing exceptional performances (notably by Michael Parks) and an intelligent script.
His realistic style gives the film an intimate feeling, heightening the terror to biblical proportions. Red State is a shocking new kind of horror film that aggressively confronts higher powers and extreme doctrines with a vengeance.
Starring: Michael Parks (Kill Bill 1 & 2, From Dusk Till Dawn), John Goodman (Evan Almighty, The Big Lebowski), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Michael Angarano (The Forbidden Kingdom).
Written & Directed By: Kevin Smith, Produced By: Jon Gordon