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“Clerks” has inspired legions of loyal fans in its 22 years of existence, few of them more devoted than Christopher Downie. The 31-year-old filmmaker is set to make his debut feature with “Shooting Clerks,” a film about — you guessed it — the making of Kevin Smith’s debut feature. Featuring several original cast members and the same grainy, black-and-white look, the docu-fiction hybrid is set to make its premiere next month. Watch its first trailer below.
Taking a vaguely self-reflexive approach that blends aspects of Smith’s filmography with the more factual behind-the-scenes elements, Downie’s movie counts “Clerks” principals Brian O’Halloran, Marilyn Ghigliotti and Smith himself among its cast. (At 105 minutes, it’s also 15 minutes longer than its source material.)
- Michael Nordine
Made for just $27,000 on maxed-out credit cards, Clerks became an immediate indie classic, and now fans can get some insight into how the film was made with the new indie comedy Shooting Clerks. The first trailer for this Kevin Smith biopic dropped back in March 2015, when production was just getting under way, but today we have the red band trailer, along with details on where you can see this film yourself. The indie production company Auld Reekie Media has set up screenings in Kevin Smith's hometown of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey and in New York City in November, following the world premiere at the Orlando Film Festival next month.
Auld Reekie Media has set up EventBrite pages for both the New Jersey premiere on November 10 and the New York premiere on November 11. Tickets to each of these screenings will be $28, with each fan receiving a themed swag bag filled »
Well this is something - an indie film about making an indie film. Shooting Clerks is a fictional feature biopic made by Christopher Downie retelling the story of Kevin Smith making his breakout debut film Clerks in 1994. The film stars Mark Frost as Kevin Smith, Chris Bain as Jason Mewes (who has appeared in other films made by Downie about Mewes), Kit Alexander as Brian O'Halloran, and Tom Sullivan as Jeff Anderson. The cast list also includes a cameo by the real Kevin Smith as Larkin Eve. As expected, this is super low budget and almost like a fan-made retelling of the original story, but it also has enough support to get a release. They'll be showing the film on a small screening tour including a showing in NYC, heading to a few other places like Orlando and New Jersey. Give this a look below if you're curious how it turned out. »
- Alex Billington
Regardless of how you might feel about Kevin Smith’s filmography as a whole, you have to admit that what he pulled off as just just some backwards-hat-and-trench-coat-wearing guy from New Jersey is astounding. Willing a feature-length movie into existence with practically nothing in the middle of nowhere and somehow parlaying that into a 22-year (and counting) multi-media career with a large and extremely loyal fan base is hard to do. So, it makes sense that Smith has been an inspiration to many younger filmmakers. But none quite so literally as Christopher Downie.
The 31-year-old Scottish writer-director is finally getting ready to release Shooting Clerks, the film about the shooting of the film Clerks that he’s been working on for several years now. It tells the story of how a convenience store clerk pulled off the near-impossible and turned his quirky idea into a movie we’re still talking »
- Dennis DiClaudio
A movie based on the making of Kevin Smith‘s Clerks has been in the works for the last few years. Crowdfunded and shot by indie filmmakers, Shooting Clerks is a narrative retelling of the true story of how “New Jersey convenience store clerk, Kevin Smith made his seminal film and the friends who aided him on his […]
The post ‘Shooting Clerks’ Trailer: It’s All About Making A Movie With Your Friends appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Ahead of its world premiere at the Orlando Film Festival – which runs between October 19th and 23rd – a new poster and trailer has arrived online for Shooting Clerks, director Christopher Downie’s biopic of Kevin Smith, and the creation of his first film Clerks; check them out here…
Shooting Clerks details the struggles encountered by a young Kevin Smith while trying to figure out his place in the world, and his decision to shoot a feature film in the very convenience story he worked in. Many of the original cast appear in cameo roles, including Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Scott Mosier and Walter Flanagan.
“I know a lot of fans are going to see this trailer and criticise our work,” states producer Felix Kay. “And they have every right. Clerks’ fans are a particular set, and I know, because I am one. But all I can say »
- Gary Collinson
RoboDoc is to be released to mark the 30th anniversary of the original RoboCop - and it'll be exploring the original film...
There’s no shortage of films about popular films doing the rounds at the moment. Back In Time examined the Back To The Future trilogy, Shooting Clerks will appear later this year to explore the genesis of Kevin Smith’s comedy favourite. Then there are two different Ghostbusters documentaries happening, as well as Life After Flash, which centres on Flash Gordon.
Now? Add RoboCop to the mix.
RoboDoc is a documentary film from the makers of Leviathan: The Story Of Hellraiser And Hellbound: Hellraiser 2. The production promises an independent retrospective on the sci-fi classic, in time for its 30th birthday next year. Over 20 members of the cast and crew have already agreed to support the project.
Christopher Griffiths is directing RoboDoc, and Gary Smart is producing. »
Clerks is one of the movies that made me love movies, and so it was with more pre-interview nerves than usual that I waited on hold to connect with Jay actor Jason Mewes via a crackly international phone-line.
We were due to talk about the animated movie Bling - in which Mewes voices a robot monkey called Kit, who shirks his responsibilities as a theme park employee to help the main character (voiced by Taylor Kitsch) take down a super villain and propose to his girlfriend – but the memory of all the nights I’ve spent chuckling away to Jay and Silent Bob’s antics had put some serious fear into me.
I needn’t have worried, because Mewes proved to be a lovely chap to chat with, »
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