Kevin Smith’s New Movie Will Be an NFT-Exclusive Release

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder is dot.LA's 2022/23 Editorial Fellow. She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

Kevin Smith’s New Movie Will Be an NFT-Exclusive Release
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Only select NFT-holding fans will get to enjoy filmmaker Kevin Smith’s return to horror, “KillRoy Was Here.”

Smith’s multimedia company, SmodCo, is working with the blockchain Secret Network to exclusively release the horror-comedy. A select 5,555 buyers will be able to purchase the NFT art collection containing the feature-length film, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and a commentary track. Launching in the second quarter on the Legendao platform, only those with the NFT’s “crypto key” can access the film.


Smith’s take on the anthology horror genre follows traumatized children who direct a monster to attack evil adults. Drawing inspiration from the 1940s graffiti phenomenon, the film stars Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, alongside Azita Ghanizada and Ryan O'Nan. The sequel, which Smith plans to film next year, will also incorporate content created by the NFT owners, such as short films and cartoons.

Multiple crypto and entertainment businesses partnered to bring the NFT to life. Secret Network's NFT minting platform, Legendao, will host the project. Curio—an entertainment NFT platform that has previously released NFTs related to cult classics like “American Psycho”—and digital content production company Semkhor collaborated on the collection. SCRT Labs, which oversees Secret Network, notably sold the first Quentin Tarantino NFT for $1.1 million earlier this year.

“KillRoy” became one of the first film NFT projects when it was initially announced in 2021. Smith released a teaser NFT for the “KillRoy” project, featuring a 3D comic book and film footage, through Jay and Silent Bob’s Crypto Studio, Smith’s curated crypto gallery. His upcoming film, “Clerks III,” will also offer "crypto cameos" in the film to NFT holders.

Crypto has only grown its reach in Hollywood since then. Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins starred in “Zero Contact,” which was released as an NFT through Vuele, in 2021. Earlier this month, reality TV studio Bunim/Murray Productions, best known for producing “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” announced plans to sell NFTs featuring unedited episode clips while still traditionally distributing shows.
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LA Tech ‘Moves’: Saviynt Gains New CEO, The FIFTH Taps Agency Veteran to Lead Creative Team

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Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

LA Tech ‘Moves’: Saviynt Gains New CEO, The FIFTH Taps Agency Veteran to Lead Creative Team
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Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College and previously covered technology and entertainment for TheWrap and reported on the SoCal startup scene for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Send tips or pitches to samsonamore@dot.la and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

Inflation hit cities with tech-heavy workforces hard last year. Tech workers fortunate enough to avoid layoffs still found themselves confronting rising costs with little change in their pay.

Those national trends certainly touched down in Los Angeles, but new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the city of angels was the only major metro area that saw its wage growth grow by nearly 6% while also outpacing the consumer price index, which was around 5%. Basically, LA was the only area where adjusted pay actually came out on a net positive.

So, what does this mean for tech workers in LA County?

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Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors
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The Inflation Reduction Act contains almost $400 billion in funding for clean energy initiatives. There’s $250 billion for energy projects. $23 billion for transportation and EVs. $46 billion for environment. $21 billion for agriculture, and so on. With so much cash flowing into the sector, the possibilities for investment and growth are gigantic.

These investment opportunities, however, have typically been inaccessible for everyday retail investors until much later in a company’s development–after an IPO, usually. Meaning that the best returns are likely to be captured by banks and other institutions who have the capital and financing to invest large sums of money earlier in the process.

That’s where Pasadena-based Energy Shares comes in. The company wants to help democratize access to these investment opportunities and simultaneously give early-stage utility-scale energy projects another revenue stream.

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