This not-so-close encounter came when I caught a glimpse of Kevin Smith. Having spent the better part of a decade working a dead-end job at a coffee shop, Clerks and Clerks II speak to me more than I’d like to admit.
The filmmaker came to Canada in 2009 to take part in the Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament, and I jumped at the chance to see the man whose films held such special meaning to me. My friend even managed to get us some tickets to the Live “Stocky Night in Canada” Smodcast that would follow later that evening. So a group of us trekked over to Brantford, Ontario with DVDs, markers and cameras in hand to see if we could meet Smith or any member of his street hockey team (which, among assorted View Askew people, also featured porn star Katie Morgan) to sign them.
When we finally got to the outdoor arena, we found a lot of fans waiting to get their paraphernalia signed, but Smith only came out to play goalie (and did a fantastic job of it). I held out hope for the Smodcast, but after an endurance-testing wait, we only got to listen to the recording, and again, there were no autographs or personal meet and greets. It was a little disappointing, but I still got much closer to Smith than I ever thought possible.
Hey, at least I didn’t have to try and find something nice to say about Jersey Girl.