The debate over the use of Kickstarter by known Hollywood people (Zach Braff) and titles (Veronica Mars) continues.

Kevin Smith talked about potentially funding his next film, Clerks III, via Kickstarter on Reddit.

Here’s what he had to say:

As for funding the flick – we nearly Kickstarted the budget back in November (talked about at great length here: ). But now I’m feeling like that’s not fair to real indie filmmakers who need the help. Unlike back when I made CLERKS in ’91, I’ve GOT access to money now – so I should use that money and not suck any loot out of the crowd-funding marketplace that might otherwise go to some first-timer who can really use it. So if I can get away with it, I’m gonna try to pay for CLERKS III myself. As much as I love the crowd-funding model (and almost did it myself in early 2009 with, that’s an advancement in indie film that belongs to the next generation of artists. I started on my own dime, and if I’m allowed, I should finish on my own dime.

In a more pointed argument (but remarkably similar sentiment), Emmy winner Ken Levine had this to say on his blog about Zach Braff and Veronica Mars raising money on Kickstarter:

Zach Braff is trying to raise money on Kickstarter to fund a movie he wants to make. Zach Braff is a good actor and a fine filmmaker. GARDEN STATE was a terrific movie. But I wouldn’t give him a dime.


Because it defeats the whole purpose of Kickstarter.

The idea – and it’s a great one – is that Kickstarter allows filmmakers who otherwise would have NO access to Hollywood and NO access to serious investors to scrounge up enough money to make their movies. Zach Braff has contacts. Zach Braff has a name. Zach Braff has a track record. Zach Braff has residuals. He can get in a room with money people. He is represented by a major talent agency. But the poor schmoe in Mobile, Alabama or Walla Walla, Washington has none of those advantages.

Read the rest of what Ken wrote on his blog (including some scathing critique of Sundance that a lot of people tend to agree with). Then, make up your own mind on what projects and filmmakers should get your support on Kickstarter.