This is a rare opportunity to see Kevin Smith in a non-collegiate environment. The event is being presented by Florida’s Future Filmmakers and sponsored by several organizations including Full Sail Real World Education, Florida Film Monthly magazine (http://www.floridafilmmonthly.com),
and Women in Film & Television - Florida.
“Kevin Smith is the real deal,” said Michael McNamara, President of Florida Future Filmmakers and the force behind bringing Kevin Smith to Orlando. “He was one of the most unique voices to emerge during the American independent filmmaking renaissance of the 1990’s and continues to be a key player in the industry.”
Smith’s Orlando appearance, titled An Afternoon with Kevin Smith, follows on the heels of his highly anticipated movie sequel Clerks 2 (http://www.clerks2.com), which will open later this month. Word on the street is the sequel is as good if not better than the original.
Smith has carved out his own unique movie niche, a screen world littered with pop culture references like comic books and convenience stores, all conveyed in coarse, but snappy, dialogue. Actors who frequently appear in his films include Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and Matt Damon. Smith’s films have featured many of the same characters and actors. Jason Mewes and Smith himself appear in his films as Jay and Silent Bob, respectively, two idle stoners who pop up for added comic relief.
An Afternoon with Kevin Smith will begin at 10 a.m. Included in the all day event will be a special screening of Kevin Smith’s low-budget comedy hit Clerks (1994), a classic in the cinematic sub-genre of "slacker movies."
Kevin Smith will arrive at 2 p.m. and engage in a question and answer session with attendees of the event. The event is scheduled to end at 4 p.m., but because of Mr. Smith’s willingness to answer any and all questions his fans have, the event may last several additional hours.
If you haven’t seen Smith on stage responding to questions that would throw most filmmakers for a loop, you won’t want to miss out on this engaging experience. Although be prepared; he’s extremely fond of using R-rated language.
“That’s just the way he is,” said McNamara. “There’s nothing fake or Hollywood-ish about the way he interacts with his fans. The man knows how to work an audience.”
Tickets are on sale now for the event. Tickets are only available for purchase on-line at www.floridafilmmakers.com. Each ticket is $35.00 - all tickets are general admission, as seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets will also be sold the day of the event, if available for $50.00.
In addition to the Q&A session with Kevin Smith, attendees will be encouraged to engage with the event sponsors, who will be comprised of some of the most active film organizations in the state. Also, attendees will be able to take advantage of the abundant number of networking opportunities that will be available to them.
Florida’s Future Filmmakers was started in 2005 with the sole purpose of providing resources for the next generation of filmmakers here in the state of Florida. This will be one of many events that the organization will put on over the next couple of years to help further educate industry professionals as well as aspiring filmmakers in the state.