Filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) has had a long relationship with Miramax and The Weinstein Company. Several of Smith’s most notable movies were produced through TWC, and have made no small amount of money in their time.
During the most recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith related his plan to donate all of his future residuals from Weinstein-connected projects to Women In Film, a non-profit organization advocating for progress and gender parity in the industry.
My entire career is tied up with the man. It’s been a weird f—ing week. 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, fuck it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really f–ing horrible.
A member of the audience (the podcast episodes are filmed with a live audience) yelled out that it ‘wasn’t his [Smith’s] fault’, Smith got choked up and responded:
I’m not looking for sympathy. I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t f—ing help. 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 shit like that, and he changed my f—ing life. And I showed other people, like, ‘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. It all hurts, and it didn’t happen to me, but it all hurts. So I feel like there are so many people that we know of now, and maybe even more, that were made to do horrible things to make their dreams come true and maybe didn’t even get to touch the dreams; this f—ing dude chased them away.
After his emotional statements, Smith went on to say any future residuals from his Weinstein-produced titles will be donated to Women in Film. It also could come to pass that TWC may fold in the wake of the mounting accusations and thus fail to yield any additional revenue. If this happens, Smith says he will give $2,000 per month to the organization for the rest of his life.
“That feels like a start. Hopefully that goes to people that get to make sh— without having to deal with some f—ing animal saying, ‘Here’s the price.’”
You can listen to the entire podcast here, TWC stuff starts around the 84 minute mark, ish)
It’s been a hell of a last few days for Hollywood and it’s world dwelling citizens after the Weinstein stuff has come to light. We’ve seen a twitter boycott and subsequent ‘rules changing’, CEOs stepping down after being ‘put on leave’, and the second time revoking of a Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership. Changes are coming in the wake of all this, both in the vocality of victims and punishment for the culprit.