SXSW coverage – Day Two Update B: THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS micro-review, and Etienne Sauret – director/producer DIRTY PICTURES

SXSW coverage – Day Two Update B: THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS micro-review, and Etienne Sauret – director/producer DIRTY PICTURES

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March 13th End of Day report – As I write this, I just came out of the documentary THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS (more info here), a sharply put-together observation of the fandom surrounding George Lucas and the STAR WARS franchise.  I was admittedly a little nervous about what to expect from Alexandre O. Phillippe’s film, as the title may lead one to believe this could be an outright attack on Lucas the man, and only showing one side of the debate.  Thankfully, that is not the case at all.  Instead, the film begins with a rather positive look into the myth and magic of the franchise, and the fascinating beginnings of George’s career as a filmmaker.  In many ways it opens with the feel of a sincere documentary about a man we all think we know so well.  But eventually there are showcases of fan sadness, primarily in the feelings of not just disrespect by Lucas, but outright abandonment to the fandom itself.  There is certainly the point that George is a master marketing machine, and merchandising fueled perhaps more than a few of his decisions (for better or worse).  But there’s also a safe amount of reverse justification given, and the reality that despite your feelings on the second life (or lives) of the popular franchise… the man did give us something truly amazing to start with, and THAT is why we can’t completely persecute him.  It’s a masterfully told doc, and paced with energy and fun.  My thanks to Kerry Deignan Roy for getting me info ahead of time on this.  We’ve been following this one pretty close, and it was already on our Top 10 films we were most looking forward to at SXSW.  The screening tonight was so popular and in such high demand, the Alamo Ritz on Lamar Theater has to accommodate an encore presentation for their midnight secret screening slot.  I think it’s safe to say you’ll be hearing a lot more about this film.  I’ll be talking to the folks behind THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS in the next few days, and we’ll have more on this, so stay tuned.

Also look for new interviews with the cast and crew of KICK-ASS.  Video is being cut as we speak.  I had a great time tonight hanging out with Scott Weinberg (Cinematical) and Drew McWeeny (HitFix).

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After tackling subjects such as the collapse of the World Trade Center and American foreign policy, Etienne Sauret tells the story of Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, the chemist who left the corporate realm to research the effects of MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and over 200 other mind-altering drugs. Sauret’s documentary “Dirty Pictures” premieres Saturday, March 13 at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Devin Pike spoke with Sauret on the making of the documentary, and the complex moralities involved with researching and developing psychedelic drugs.

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For the Day One report (KICK-ASS red carpet interviews) GO HERE

For our Day Two PREDATORS report (poster debut, interviews) GO HERE

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About the Author

Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.