Kevin Smith to Donate Residuals From Weinstein-Backed Films

Posted 2017/10/18 0 0

Smith will donate all future residuals from the films he made with Weinstein to the nonprofit Women in Film, which supports women filmmakers.


Filmmaker Kevin Smith who credits the Hollywood powerbroker for starting his career recently announced on his podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On,” that he has decided to donate the fees he receives every time one of his Weinstein-financed films episode airs on television, to help women achieve their dreams in the film industry. Kevin Smith got his Hollywood break in the early 1990s when Miramax bought distribution rights to his low-budget indie film Clerks, but now the filmmaker wishes he never got involved with the production company founded by Harvey Weinstein.

"My entire career is tied up with the man. Everything I did in the beginning has his name on it. And I spent many years lionising him, telling stories. Whenever I tell the Clerks story, there's, you know, and then we got bought by Miramax. I'm not a victim in this. This is not about me at all. We know who the victims are. But my s--t is tied up with this man. I just wanted to make some f---ing movies, that's it. That's why I came, that's why I made Clerks. And no f---ing movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, f---k it, take it. It's wrapped up in something really f---ing horrible. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend, like he was my father and s--t like that, and he changed my f---ing life. And I showed other people, 'You can dream, and you can make stuff, and this man will put it out.' I was singing praises of somebody that I didn't f---ing know. I didn't know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me. So I've been trying to think of what to do. Everyone on the Internet of course has an opinion; a lot of people when I said that I'm ashamed, I wrote a tweet saying I'm ashamed, a lot of people of course were like, 'Give all the money back.' Well, I don't have money from 20 years ago, do you? But that being said, I work in an industry where thankfully there are dividends that come out of a movie for the rest of your life, so there's such a thing as residuals, where I still get money for those movies, for the movies I made at Miramax and for the movies I made with at Weinstein. The first thing I feel like I can do is, I don't want that anymore."

Of Smith’s 13 feature-length movies, over half were produced by Weinstein, including Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and the aforementioned Clerks and its sequel Clerks II. Should the Weinstein Company fold and the movies lose their value, Smith also pledged $2,000 a month for the rest of his life to Women in Film.

The Weinstein story erupted in early October when The New York Times published a story outlining what it characterized as a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment, and worse, of women in Hollywood at Weinstein's hands. Since that story broke, dozens of additional women have shared their stories of alleged abuse by Weinstein. Dozens more have shared stories of abuse by other producers and filmmakers, giving rise to a movement intended to shine a light on the "casting couch culture" that persists in Hollywood.

Weinstein has since been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Producers Guild of America, in addition to being fired from the company that bears his name. As he seeks treatment for sex addiction in Europe, police in New York and London are reportedly looking into the possibility of bringing charges against him.