Filmmaker Kevin Smith to Receive DVD Visionary Award23 Jun, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf
Kevin Smith has long had an affinity for the video retailer; he was one at one time, and the indie film that put him on the map as a filmmaker 10 years ago — Clerks — centered around one.
This year, the Video Software Dealers Association will honor Smith with the first-ever DVD Visionary Award, which will be presented at the opening session of the VSDA Convention, being held July 14-16 in Las Vegas.
“Kevin Smith is the ideal first recipient of this award because he understands what it is like to be a film lover,” said VSDA president Bo Andersen. “In addition to creating works that reflect his deeper understanding of the complexities of work, relationships, religion and family, Smith exhibits his commitment to his fans by creating some of the best supplemental materials available on DVD. His commentary and extra footage is full of humorous anecdotes and allows the viewer to have a closer look at the filmmaking process.”
Buena Vista Home Entertainment Sept. 7 will release Clerks X, a three-disc special edition set celebrating the film's 10th anniversary.
Smith's other films — including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back — have all been highly popular in the video market over the years.