I really wish I could make it down to SXSW this year. Melissa Auf de Mar is performing, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hosting a couple of events, and but most of all, The People vs. George Lucas is premiering at the festival.
What, you haven’t heard about The People vs.George Lucas?
Described as a love letter to George Lucas, TPvsGL is a deconstruction of the man, his movies, his enduring influence, and the passionate, conflicting reactions that people have when when it comes to his work. From the news release:
THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS explores the titanic struggle between a Godlike filmmaker and his legions of fans over the most popular franchise in movie history. The film combines key testimonies from the likes of Gary Kurtz (Producer of AMERICAN GRAFITTI, STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK), Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN, AMERICAN GODS), Dave Prowse (aka Darth Vader), Anthony Waye (Executive Producer of the BOND franchise), and Dale Pollock (George Lucas’s Biographer, Author of SKYWALKING) with fan footage from around the globe, and impassioned testimonies from George’s staunchest fans and foes.
A tribute to the YouTube generation, this unique participatory documentaryexamines and articulates the many contentious issues that have become an integral part of the Star Wars mystique, and deconstructs George Lucas’s cultural legacy through the prism of his fans.
So, if you’ve ever wondered how something so pure and earnest as Star Wars could become this huge corporate, soul sucking, money making machine; if you’ve written slash fic about Chewie and C3PO; ever yelled at the screen: “Han shot first!”; or muttered: “Lucas raped my childhood.”, this movie is for you.
If that doesn’t set your midi-chlorians twitching, here’s the teaser trailer number one:
And teaser trailer number 2:
Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, produced by Vanessa Philippe, Kerry Deignan Roy, Anna Higgs and Robert Muratore, and edited by Chad Hercheberger, The People vs George Lucas will premier at South X South West on Saturday, March 13 at 06:30 PM at Alamo Lamar1.
Visit the People vs. George Lucas website.
I really hope it makes its way to Toronto soon.