Given the overwhelming focus on merchandising in Star Wars – and fandom’s continuing fascination with it – there’s no surprise that it’s now inspired a documentary. Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys is directed by Brian Stillman and will be on DVD in November. (Yes, despite the teaser saying August.) The film will feature “interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors” and look at history, influence and the current state of collecting. (via)
Compiling lots of making-of information with original interviews with several cast and crew members (and even an interview with Blade Runner‘s Sean Young, who had auditioned for the role of Marion Ravenwood,) it’s essentially an super vocal commentary of the first Indiana Jones film. Benning guest-blogged on Empire Online about the making of Raiding the Lost Ark, while PBS dives into Benning’s history of filmumentaries, and GeekDad has a Raiding image gallery
In the FAQ on his site, Benning says that while he does burn DVDs of his fandocs “for review purposes,” they are not available for sale. “These are non profit making projects and there for discs of them should not be bought or sold by me or by anyone.”
E! Online reports that Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock (director of Super Size Me) are teaming up to create a documentary about diehard fans as they gear up, geek out, and attend Comic-Con. Although if they are looking for fans to follow around, they’d better put out a casting call soon.
A couple years back, there was Star Wars on Trial, a great collection of essays arguing about whether or not George did right by us. Now there’s a documentary doing the same thing premiering at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, next month.
The People vs George Lucas strives to figure out whether or not George is the devil disguised in all his evil marketing glory or the Great Flanneled Creator of all things good.
They interview the grand and the not-so-grand, alike. And just a wee bit of silliness thrown in. If nothing else, it will serve to stoke the fires of fanboy debate for a while. And that’s always fun. (via)
Continuing adventures in TPM nostalgia. Everyone’s talking about the documentary A Galaxy Far Far Away, which has a 10th anniversary edition out. (Hey, it was news to me!) The reviews are not all so good, though.