Back in February of ’08 — almost a year ago to the day — we told you about a rebel filmmaker named Alexandre Philippe who was looking for the help of Star Wars fans in the making of his documentary The People vs. George Lucas. Since then Philippe has been collecting footage and working tirelessly as he pieces together the people’s case against George Lucas, one of the most controversially loved and hated figures in all of geekdom. It is an incredibly interesting project and now based on the new trailer that has been released this week, it also looks like it just might make an interesting documentary. From guys who sing about George raping their childhoods to the talk of George Lucas as the anti-Christ, this doc explores the sometimes ugly side of fandom. And no matter where you stand on the quality of The Phantom Menace, I have a feeling that this movie is sure to be interesting.
And it looks like the fun is not over yet, as I received an email from Alexandre Philippe himself, and he mentions the need for more involvement from the legions of Star Wars fans:
Based on the overwhelming worldwide response to our efforts this past year, we believe we are on the right track. Truly, it has been an amazing journey; and we intend to capture many more voices from every corner of the globe for the rest of the year. And yes, you can still submit footage to us through our September 30, 2009 deadline. Indeed, this groundbreaking, 100% independent and first-ever digitally democratic documentary gives experts and the audience a voice to express their opinions about the single most powerful and influential filmmaker and mogul in movie history. And we promise to deliver a dynamic and impassioned debate for the ages!
So if you’d like to get involved, head on over to PeoplevsGeorge.com. But before you go, check out the trailer below.