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It’s been nearly 20 years since writer/director Kevin Smith released the first Clerks movie. I’m sure that if plenty of folks decided to watch it for the first time in this day and age, it might not seem like much more than a low-budget black and white film that was made for around $27 thousand by a film school dropout, but Clerks was a little bit more meaningful when it was released in 1994. Not unlike Richard Linklater‘s Slacker (1991); which was an inspiration for Smith, himself, to pursue film-making seriously and, more specifically, to create Clerks, in the first place; it’s release and subsequent popularity demonstrated to a whole generation that technology and access had advanced enough for any of us to make a film if we wanted it bad enough, and really set our minds to it (and cast our friends, sold our comic book collections, got insurance settlements, borrowed a few grand from relatives, etc). Even more encouraging was the prospect of anyone actually watching that film, it being able to find distribution, and even pulling a few million dollars profit. Read the rest of this entry →