Spend the evening with filmmaker Kevin Smith at special live broadcast

by Mark Burger

What better way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit than by spending some quality time with award-winning filmmaker/author/ comic-book writer and author/New Jersey native Kevin Smith?

NCM Fathom and AK27 Productions have teamed up to present a special broadcast of Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” at hundreds of theaters across the nation — including two right here in the Piedmont Triad.

The broadcast will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 p.m., at both the Brassfield Cinema 10 (2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro) and the Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave.).

This three-hour event will open with filmmaker Kevin Smith and frequent co-star/longtime friend Jason Mewes hosting their popular podcast, “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old,” in which they reflect on their relationship both on and off the screen, as well as a variety of other topics. They will also respond to questions submitted by audience members during the event. Fans can submit questions and interact with the event live via social media networks.

Broadcast live from Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre, Smith will take the stage to regale fans and followers with tales of his remarkable journey from New Jersey suburbia to Hollywood filmmaker, told in his inimitable, often selfdeprecating style.

In an official statement, Smith explained: “Doing something like this means you can get the event into a theater in a very small town. We may have never been to that small town, but we can be with this Q&A event.

“I can be like ‘Hey, man — I’m going to be on the screen soon, pop into a theater and check it out,’ he said. “That’s kind of magical. The very ability to do that on a wider level now, instead of doing it one night only in this city, in this theater… I look forward to it!” In 1994, Smith took the indie film world by storm with his low-budget debut feature, Clerks, in which he and Mewes first appeared as the endearingly vulgar, perpetually stoned slacker duo Silent Bob and Jay. So popular were these supporting characters that they subsequently appeared in Smith’s later films Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999) and the animated TV series “Clerks” before taking center stage in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), in which they left their beloved Red Bank, NJ to take Hollywood by storm.

Although Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was meant to be the duo’s coda, they were back in action in Clerks II (2006). Although most of his films are comedic in nature, some of them — particularly Dogma and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) — have aroused controversy. Smith’s other directorial credits include Jersey Girl (2004), Cop Out (2010) and last year’s Red State, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and considered by many to be his darkest effort to date. As an actor, he has appeared in Daredevil (2003), Southland Tales (2006), the small-screen revival of “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” and opposite Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

An immediate Generation X icon, Smith has balanced his film and television work with ongoing live appearances at colleges throughout North America, some of which have lasted hours longer than scheduled. In 2010, he enjoyed sold-out appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Smith also founded the podcast network “The SModcast Podcast Network” in 2010. Each week, he hosts a podcast with friend and producer Scott Mosier. (The official website is Tickets for Kevin Smith: Live from Behind are $15. For advance tickets or more information, visit the official website: www.FathomEvents. com.