George Lucas is Coming to Sundance and You Can Watch His Panel
by Ethan Anderton
January 8, 2015
In exactly two weeks, we'll be up in the mountains of Park City, Utah for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, discovering a whole new round of independent cinema to talk about the rest of the year. Will there be another Whiplash or Boyhood this year? We can't wait to see all the great films debuting at the festival. But if you're one of those who isn't able to make it up there, you'll still be able to partake in a little of the Sundance experience. The festival just announced that George Lucas will be appearing on a panel as part of a series called "Art of Film Weekend" on the last weekend of the festival, where he'll chat with Robert Redford about filmmaking with critic Leonard Maltin. And you'll actually be able to watch it. Read on!
Here's the panel that George Lucas will be part of with festival founder Robert Redford:
Power of Story: Visions of Independence — Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic filmmakers who epitomize the spirit of independence in American cinema—in conversation with critic Leonard Maltin. Distinctive as storytellers, their pioneering visions have also yielded innovative enterprises and institutions that cultivate creativity and imagination, advance technology, and push the realm of possibility.
And the good news is that this particular panel will be live streamed on Sundance.org. Though many have come to hate George Lucas for what he did with the Star Wars prequels, and his obsession with blockbuster filmmaking, we mustn't forget that Lucas was once a thriving independent filmmaker responsible for films like THX 1138 and American Graffiti. Even the first Star Wars was like an independent film production, full of innovation and auteur style. With a cinephile like Leonard Maltin hosting the chat with Lucas and Redford, this should be a great event to see. I'm definitely going to try to be there. Will you watch too?