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Kevin Smith Wisely Won't Use Kickstarter to Fund 'Clerks III': "I Have Access to Money" (KCRW Interview)

by Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
July 1, 2013 2:57 PM
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Kevin Smith

Filmmaker Kevin Smith opens up to Kim Masters on KCRW about why he won't be using Kickstarter after all to finance "Clerks III," though he had previously optioned the idea and came close to crowdfunding his 2011 film "Red State." 

Smith was one of the first celebrities to figure out that he could build a powerful online fanbase, who can be counted on to show up for his low-budget comedies. So it wouldn't be a stretch for them to help finance his movies too. 

But crowdfunding campaigns have become a controversial trend among celebrities, from Zach Braff to James Franco, who both caught flack for soliciting the resources of their fans even though they undoubtedly have money of their own. This financing method can be very successful, as we know from the "Veronica Mars" campaign, which snagged $5.7 million in fan money. Braff more than met his $2 million goal in fan contributions.

"I love the idea and I want to do it so desperately, but I think I've missed the window based on the fact that I do have access to money," Smith tells Masters in the interview, which you can hear below. "So, if I jump out there, and I unleash this big fat 'Clerks III' little wiener that I've got, and that soaks up $5-7 million in indie financing from the Kickstarter, Indigogo campaign, that's a bunch of potential money that all these amateur Medici‚Äôs are not gonna throw toward somebody who really needs it."

Smith, who insists he's not criticizing those celebrities who do use Kickstarter and similar platforms to finance vanity projects, added, "If I don't use my own money, I can always hit up some of my famous friends."

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  • NOT STOOPID | August 22, 2013 4:36 PMReply


    Sure, some supporters would only give to him. But there are still some that would give based on the merit of their pitch like myself. I think he genuinely wants to give up-and-comers every advantage he can because he actually is a nice guy.

  • Joe Mahma | July 3, 2013 3:24 PMReply

    ALL true.

  • Stupid | July 2, 2013 5:54 PMReply

    This guy is a clown...nobody is gonna fund a guy in Toledo just because K Smith is not using kickstarter!...K. Smith is just pandering to build goodwill with the masses...not hating on him, because maybe it works...but his "please like me" ass-kissing is so

  • tyler4all | July 1, 2013 4:10 PMReply

    wow, love Kevin Smith. He, unlike others, has common sense and gets what the point of crowdsourcing is. kudos to him!

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