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Tatooine or Bust 1997

 

On January 31, 1997, five camera crews swooped in on five movie theaters across the United States to follow fans camping overnight for the re-release of Star Wars, a movie they had already seen countless times before. One of the first documentaries shot on digital video.

 

For a while, this documentary was scrutinized in academic journals and dissertations, screened at Lucasfilm’s headquarters, and shown at major art museums as a sort-of treatise on fan culture. Covered by NBC, BBC, Arte TV, CBS Marketwatch, FilmThreat, Wired, and Newsweek, among others.

 

Eventually acquired by UK’s Channel 4, who then requested a Phantom Menace follow-up:  Star Wars or Bust .

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Star Wars or Bust 1999

 

Commissioned by UK’s Channel 4 as the Episode I follow-up to 1997’s  Tatooine or Bust .

 

In New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, a new generation of fans waited an entire month in line to see Star Wars Episode I. We spent time with them. We were accepted into their cuture and allowed to approach them. We asked what they might do if the new movie happened to... you know, suck. One of 2001’s Top 25 live-action films on Atom Films.

 

Still can’t believe we had the clairvoyance to ask what if the prequels suck.

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