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Kevin Smith’s next movie might land you in the “Red.”

Kevin Smith’s next movie might land you in the “Red.” (photo)

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Kevin Smith’s first studio-backed comedy “Cop Out” (there’s a red band trailer here), hasn’t yet hit theaters, but the director is already talking about a return to the independent world. As in really independent, with his long-rumored horror script “Red State.”

Smith once told MTV the proposed film was “not a commercial movie by any stretch of the imagination.” So instead of shopping the script around to studios, Smith spilled the beans during a roundtable interview that he’s in the process of setting up a site where fans will be able to donate money to the film’s budget and he’ll match them dollar for dollar.

As a writer/director who constantly keeps in touch with his fanbase, whether it’s through his stand-up concerts throughout the country, his weekly SModcast or his Twitter account, Smith is the rare filmmaker who might be able to pull something like this off. But he wouldn’t be the first to try.

Back in 2003, “Mother Night” director Keith Gordon tried to raise funds for an adaptation of the Lisa Reardon novel “Billy Dead,” with Ethan Hawke attached to star, through a public stock offering that was targeted to give the film a $7.3 million budget through $8.75 contributions by Joe Public. Since the film hasn’t been seen floating around the festival circuit, you’d be right in assuming apathetic film fans left “Billy” for dead.

02082010_awesome.jpgOf course, Gordon doesn’t have the following of Smith, and 2003 was a less connected time — Facebook and Twitter hadn’t been created yet to spread the word. Today, filmmakers are actively asking for help online, whether it’s Ashton Kutcher requesting a clever one-liner on set or Yair Landau, the founder of Mass Animation, a company that created the short “Live Music” that was attached to “Planet 51” last fall through Facebook submissions. The Beastie Boys even relied on fans to shoot their 2006 concert doc.

That said, free labor appears to be easier to come by than dollars, and even a filmmaker as internet friendly as Smith, who was a MySpace marketing pioneer when he attached 10,000 of his “friends” to the end credits of “Clerks II” in 2006, will probably find it hard to cobble together a worthwhile budget. He’s already acknowledged the inherent tax-related issues of setting up such a site in the same interview.

If Smith were to succeed, the result probably won’t help unknown filmmakers, who are eternally damned to rely on the kindness of friends and relatives, but could push some name directors towards making projects considered untenable by studio standards a reality. Let me be the first to suggest Whit Stillman’s long-gestating Jamaican-set “Dancing Mood,” for starters.

[Photo: Kevin Smith on the set of “Clerks II,” Weinstein Co, 2006; “Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!,” THINKFilm, 2006]


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…