‘Clerk’ Trailer: Documentary On The Rise Of Kevin Smith To Debut At SXSW

Kevin Smith has become such a prominent part of pop culture fandom that I think we forget what a trailblazing he was for independent cinema. When he dropped Clerks on us at the Sundance Film Festival nearly three decades ago, a film he financed by maxing out his credit cards, few could’ve imagined it would lead to him creating his own cinematic View Askew-niverse, and opening the door to many aspiring directors hoping to achieve their dream.

Headed to SXSW is Malcolm Ingram’s documentary Clerk, which focuses on Kevin Smith not just as a groundbreaking independent filmmaker, but also the guy who used social media to create an entire brand. Podcasting, comic books, stand-up comedy, television…Kevin Smith has done it all and built a loyal, dedicated fanbase who are integral to the growth of geek culture.

The film features interviews with the usual suspects, Smith confidantes Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, and others such as Penn Gillette and Jason Reitman.

The SXSW Film Festival runs from March 16th-20th.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.