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Kevin Smith auctioning off past movie props to pay for Red State distribution

03.31.2011

UPDATE: Apparently this was announced a while back, so it's not a last resort manuever. It is however, still kind of weird.

Apparently telling Hollywood to go f*ck themselves and self-distributing a movie is harder than you might think.

Despite the fact Kevin Smith's RED STATE tour has wrangled up some cash from its ticket sales across the country, but apparently it's not enough, and the director is attempting a new means to raise case for wide distribution of his project.

He's auctioning off props from his past movies, some of which you can see above, with all proceeds benefitting the lovely charity that is RED STATE. Previously, he'd auctioned off the rights for websites to host posters for the film, which raised thousands of dollars for various charitable organizations, but I guess that love train has ground to a halt. 

Is this just a fun gimmick, or is Smith really that strapped for cash? If so, is he really expecting some huge fan who happens to be a millionaire to swoop in and purchase Bluntman's costume for $800,000? How much would these items possibly go for?

The auction is taking place next month at the Pasadena convention center. You can see all the items for sale in a slideshow here, and let me know what you make of this move.

Extra Tidbit: All the die-hard Kevin Smith fans that paid to see RED STATE seem to say it's good, but I think they could be a wee bit biased.
Source: TMZ

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11:34PM on 04/01/2011

Self-Distributing, eh?

When this all started, Kevin Smith boasted that he was going to start distributing his movies himself and then distribute our movies through the same method. Now he's resorted to auctioning off his beloved props to make his money back. (YES I know he announced it awhile ago but the fact remains, he needs this to finance his film). So the question now must be asked...when he "releases our films", is he going to have any props left to sell to finance them?
When this all started, Kevin Smith boasted that he was going to start distributing his movies himself and then distribute our movies through the same method. Now he's resorted to auctioning off his beloved props to make his money back. (YES I know he announced it awhile ago but the fact remains, he needs this to finance his film). So the question now must be asked...when he "releases our films", is he going to have any props left to sell to finance them?
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7:29PM on 04/01/2011
Kevin smith is a dumbass. This whole red state debacle is simply a publicity stunt
Kevin smith is a dumbass. This whole red state debacle is simply a publicity stunt
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4:07AM on 04/01/2011

*YAWN!*

Does anyone really care? Two years from now, Smith will still be trying to sell this movie to his fans, and talking shit about how Hollywood screwed him over. He'll never realize or own up to the fact that he just keeps making the same tired movie again and again and that's why they don't make any money (except from his fans who don't notice the difference).

There are plenty of crappy directors that went on to have mediocre careers directing mindless Rom/Coms without incident. Maybe it's
Does anyone really care? Two years from now, Smith will still be trying to sell this movie to his fans, and talking shit about how Hollywood screwed him over. He'll never realize or own up to the fact that he just keeps making the same tired movie again and again and that's why they don't make any money (except from his fans who don't notice the difference).

There are plenty of crappy directors that went on to have mediocre careers directing mindless Rom/Coms without incident. Maybe it's time for Smith to hang up the lame-ass backwards baseball cap (the 90's are long gone now, anyway) and settle into directing low-key, Jennifer Anniston or Kate Hudson movies.
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11:53PM on 03/31/2011
Thank God that this is the last stand of Kevin Smith. After this flop, maybe he'll go away or target his appearance on "Dancing with the Stars." How did this self righteous stoner douche ever become a semi-celebrity in the first place?
Thank God that this is the last stand of Kevin Smith. After this flop, maybe he'll go away or target his appearance on "Dancing with the Stars." How did this self righteous stoner douche ever become a semi-celebrity in the first place?
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10:52PM on 03/31/2011

LOL!

My god. & Joblo continues to be a joke. Jesus Christ people do your research. Actually you know what don't. I love the idiocy of this site. It makes my day.
My god. & Joblo continues to be a joke. Jesus Christ people do your research. Actually you know what don't. I love the idiocy of this site. It makes my day.
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1:46AM on 04/01/2011
I concur.
I concur.
11:26PM on 04/01/2011
And yet, here both of you are. Reading the stories daily. Match Point: Joblo!
And yet, here both of you are. Reading the stories daily. Match Point: Joblo!
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6:28PM on 03/31/2011
Not only was the auction always part of the plan... Smith has auctioned off movie props in the past just because! He has these Garage Sales from time to time to get rid of the old and in with the new and people buy the shit up!

I guess I am Biased as well? In that I paid $60 to see Smith and Red State, and loved every minute of the movie and the Q&A. If the movie sucked, I would have said that it sucked, but it truly didn't!
Not only was the auction always part of the plan... Smith has auctioned off movie props in the past just because! He has these Garage Sales from time to time to get rid of the old and in with the new and people buy the shit up!

I guess I am Biased as well? In that I paid $60 to see Smith and Red State, and loved every minute of the movie and the Q&A. If the movie sucked, I would have said that it sucked, but it truly didn't!
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6:27PM on 03/31/2011
Kevin Smith sucks. Fuck that no-talent hack.
Kevin Smith sucks. Fuck that no-talent hack.
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10:07PM on 03/31/2011
I wouldn't say he's not talented he did give us a few good films.
I wouldn't say he's not talented he did give us a few good films.
5:52PM on 03/31/2011
TMZ sucks. All the people on that show just seem like lowlives.

I would love to have the armor suits from "Dogma".
TMZ sucks. All the people on that show just seem like lowlives.

I would love to have the armor suits from "Dogma".
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4:19PM on 03/31/2011
Lets just hope he doesn't sell these items to himself for $10.
Lets just hope he doesn't sell these items to himself for $10.
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5:26PM on 03/31/2011
why the thumbs down? that's good shit!
why the thumbs down? that's good shit!
5:42PM on 03/31/2011
Thank you, Spark Holiday. It was hardly an insensitive gag, or something I really mean. Just a harmless zinger folks.
Thank you, Spark Holiday. It was hardly an insensitive gag, or something I really mean. Just a harmless zinger folks.
6:12PM on 03/31/2011
Good one.
Good one.
3:59PM on 03/31/2011

$800,000

I don't want to be the one to point out bad info, but I bought the auction catalog and the Bluntman costume is only ranged to be between $1000 to 2000. Yes, the auction could get heated to hike the price alittle more, but I seriously doubt a $800,000 price tag.I don't believe anything in the catalog is over $20,000
I don't want to be the one to point out bad info, but I bought the auction catalog and the Bluntman costume is only ranged to be between $1000 to 2000. Yes, the auction could get heated to hike the price alittle more, but I seriously doubt a $800,000 price tag.I don't believe anything in the catalog is over $20,000
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5:05PM on 03/31/2011
I'm not sure you read what I wrote there, as I was clearly saying that $800,000 was an unreasonable expectation for an item like that, yet to finance a movie's wide distribution, that's the price tag these items would have to fetch to be relevant.
I'm not sure you read what I wrote there, as I was clearly saying that $800,000 was an unreasonable expectation for an item like that, yet to finance a movie's wide distribution, that's the price tag these items would have to fetch to be relevant.
9:07PM on 03/31/2011
Duh.
Duh.
11:29PM on 04/01/2011
Wait, you BOUGHT an auction catalog? The dude is charging people to LOOK at the items? Jesus, what does he think he's running, a museum? Actually most of those are free.
Wait, you BOUGHT an auction catalog? The dude is charging people to LOOK at the items? Jesus, what does he think he's running, a museum? Actually most of those are free.
3:51PM on 03/31/2011

2nd seat theory....

maybe smith anticipates needing to fly soon and is preparing to buy that second seat. sorry...that was a cheapshot...but payday is a few days out and cheap is all i can do right now.
that and i cant stand kevin smith's very soul.
maybe smith anticipates needing to fly soon and is preparing to buy that second seat. sorry...that was a cheapshot...but payday is a few days out and cheap is all i can do right now.
that and i cant stand kevin smith's very soul.
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3:32PM on 03/31/2011

TMZ = Muppets

Auction was always part of the plan. Smith talked about it at length on his podcasts long before Sundance, let alone the Red State Q&A tour.
Auction was always part of the plan. Smith talked about it at length on his podcasts long before Sundance, let alone the Red State Q&A tour.
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3:30PM on 03/31/2011
As a hard core Smith fan I am still not sure what to make of all this. My boy is starting to remind me more and more of Krusty The Clown everyday. I will certainly be at this, but does he want me there for my appreciation of his films and to give me the chance to own a piece of them or does he strictly want me there for my wallet. It is a strange time to be a Kevin Smith fan. Not to say I still won't walk into traffic for that man.
As a hard core Smith fan I am still not sure what to make of all this. My boy is starting to remind me more and more of Krusty The Clown everyday. I will certainly be at this, but does he want me there for my appreciation of his films and to give me the chance to own a piece of them or does he strictly want me there for my wallet. It is a strange time to be a Kevin Smith fan. Not to say I still won't walk into traffic for that man.
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3:16PM on 03/31/2011
The second misleading or old news article today. What's going on guys? Slow news day?
The second misleading or old news article today. What's going on guys? Slow news day?
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3:14PM on 03/31/2011

So I'm a wee-bit biased.

And you guys aren't? Honestly, I spent the 4 hour drive up to see it worried that the internet would be right and that it would suck. But then it didn't and the two non-fans that went with me liked it much more than I did. But enough about that.

Do you guys really think they hadn't planned on "what if this sale doesn't work?". Any person who has ever ran a business can tell you that you hope for the best, but plan for the worst. It's definitely a gimmick.
And you guys aren't? Honestly, I spent the 4 hour drive up to see it worried that the internet would be right and that it would suck. But then it didn't and the two non-fans that went with me liked it much more than I did. But enough about that.

Do you guys really think they hadn't planned on "what if this sale doesn't work?". Any person who has ever ran a business can tell you that you hope for the best, but plan for the worst. It's definitely a gimmick.
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3:00PM on 03/31/2011

This article is misinformed.

The auction was announced months ago; it's hardly "new", nor the last-ditch effort the article implies it is. Paul, I expect better from you.
The auction was announced months ago; it's hardly "new", nor the last-ditch effort the article implies it is. Paul, I expect better from you.
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3:07PM on 03/31/2011
None of us editors had heard of this before, so it's new to us. And it's not unfair to pose the question of whether or not he expects this to significantly contribute to the cost of nationwide distribution, and if he could possibly be short on funds as it is an incredibly costly undertaking.
None of us editors had heard of this before, so it's new to us. And it's not unfair to pose the question of whether or not he expects this to significantly contribute to the cost of nationwide distribution, and if he could possibly be short on funds as it is an incredibly costly undertaking.
3:33PM on 03/31/2011
Paul, it IS to finance the film. It was always planned, too.
Paul, it IS to finance the film. It was always planned, too.
4:05PM on 03/31/2011
Paul, whether or not it was apparent to you or your editors, it wouldn't have taken you very long to check the facts. Instead of regurgitating a TMZ diatribe, you could have beaten them at their own game.

Instead, /Film mentioned it over a month ago - [link]

That took a google search.

Paul, whether or not it was apparent to you or your editors, it wouldn't have taken you very long to check the facts. Instead of regurgitating a TMZ diatribe, you could have beaten them at their own game.

Instead, /Film mentioned it over a month ago - [link]

That took a google search.

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