One of the most talked-about screenings at this year's Sundance Film Festival is the premiere of Kevin Smith's 'Red State' on Sunday night at the Eccles Theater. Tickets have been sold out for weeks, as Smith has taken to the interwebs promising all sorts of entertainment -- from a live auction for the film's distribution rights following the screening to a pretty massive protest battle outside the theater just prior to the premiere.
'Red State' features Michael Parks as a religious fundamentalist based on Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. Smith and Fred Phelps' daughter Shirley have been battling on Twitter practically every day leading up to this Sunday's screening, and Shirley has made it known that her and "her team" are heading to Utah to protest the film prior to it being shown. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith has countered their protest by kick-starting a protest of his own.
In a recently released press release, Smith announced the call to arms: "The Harvey Boys are seeking the aid of the Mighty Thor, hoping he'll lay down his hammer and instead pick up a protest sign on our behalf, in a Park City battle of the mega-gods! If he's in reshoots, we'll be reaching out to Sigourney Weaver to channel Zuul on our behalf. If she's not at Sundance this year, we'll start praying to Krom. And if you don't help us, Krom? Then to hell witchoo." You can read the entire press release here.
This isn't the first time a Kevin Smith film has conjured up a protest or two (check out video after the jump). Except, this time, instead of protesting his own film as a joke, Smith will be protesting the people protesting his film. We don't know what to expect this Sunday, but stay tuned because you bet your friends from Cinematical will be there.
And here's the 'Red State' teaser