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Kate Ward
June 28, 2011 AT 10:52 PM EDT

Looks like Kevin Smith’s Red State will have a distributor after all — at least for on demand and and television. Lionsgate announced today that the studio had picked up video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, electronic sell-through, and television rights for the horror film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year and became the subject of headlines after director Smith announced he would distribute the film himself after buying Red State for $20. Said Smith after the premiere of the film at the festival: “What we want to do is, like, ‘Yes, anybody can make a movie.’ We know that now. We know that because I’ve made ten, you know what I’m saying? That means anybody can make a f—ing movie. What we aim to prove is that anybody can release a movie now as well. It’s not enough to make it and sell it now, I’m sorry.”

Red State, which stars Melissa Leo and John Goodman, follows a group of teens who find themselves facing off against sinister fundamentalists. In a press release, Lionsgate said the film has nabbed $1 million from just 15 single show engagements. Smith said in the release: “Before we decided to release Red State ourselves, Lionsgate was the ONLY distributor we hoped would buy the flick at Sundance … They understood The Harvey Boys commitment to a non-traditional theatrical release, and now embrace Red State like it is their own … This company crushed it with Dogma back in ’99 and ever since, they’ve been able to punch through always-crowded cineplexes with the most responsible marketing budgets in the industry. My flick is my art and my art is like my child; and I feel safe letting Lionsgate babysit my kid.”

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