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Malcolm Ingram Launches Mercantile Instinct with Kevin Smith Doc, ‘Clerk’

Filmmaker Malcolm Ingram is launching his own home entertainment distribution company, Mercantile Instinct with the release of his film, CLERK. The release of CLERK will feature both a VHS and Blu-Ray with the presale opening today and the wide release will be on September 26th.  VHS and Blu-Ray Copies of CLERK will only be available via Mercantile Instinct’s website –

The CLERK Blu-Ray will have a base price of $34.95, or you can receive a Kevin Smith and Malcolm Ingram signed version for $49.95. Special features on the Blu-Ray include:

  • Brand new commentary with Kevin Smith and Malcolm Ingram
  • Extended interviews with Stan Lee, Judd Nelson, Jason Reitman, and Richard Linklater
  • New interviews with Ralph Garman and Joe Manganiello
  • Extended Intro
  • Alternate Ending
  • Official Trailer
  • Commentary with the Stanley Brother– Join Sean Stanley (Clerk Editor) and his brother Warren (teaser poster designer) as they discuss the film and their experiences being fans who made it good
  • An immersive behind the scenes documentary examining the life and career of indie filmmaking and cultural icon Kevin Smith.

“Distribution is a mess. A recent situation motivated me to decide to use my 30 years’ experience working in the industry and throw my hat in the ring. I grew up in video stores. I love physical media. And the notion of controlling the fate of movies I put my heart and soul into just makes sense. And hopefully soon, I can help other filmmakers get their work seen as well,” said Malcom Ingram.

“Mercantile Instinct is what every storyteller needs if they want to get their work into the hands and hearts of the audience. The Mercantile Instinct website represents best how a filmmaker can distribute direct to the consumer,” said Kevin Smith.

The CLERK story follows the first-time director from before he takes the world by surprise at the Sundance Film Festival with his seminal indie comedy sensation ‘Clerks’ and follows his life and cinematic output since. Like his films, the documentary examines Kevin’s affinity for countless juicy topics from male relationships and sexuality to religious fanaticism and comic book culture.

Using interviews, clips, testimonials and never-before-seen archival footage, “CLERK” is a colorful oral history of one of the entertainment industry’s most incredible journeys, as told by his friends, his collaborators, industry professionals and the Not So Silent Bob himself, Kevin Smith.

Following Clerk, Mercantile Instinct will continue with releases of Ingram’s Continental and Phantom of Winnipeg in the next year.

Malcolm Ingram is an independent filmmaker whose credits include DRAWING FLIES; SMALL TOWN GAY BAR; CONTINENTAL; PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG and CLERK. Ingram started his career in 1990 in the press office of the Toronto International Film Festival and has since worn many hats including journalist, programmer, producer, writer, director, and Jason Mewes wrangler.


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