Media For Lunch: Little George Lucas

Director, Writer, Producer – George Lucas

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away George Lucas (Star Wars, American Graffiti) was an art-house filmmaker.   6-18-67 is one of the most infamous first films of a then 23-year-old Lucas. The story of 6-18-67 is behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film MacKenna’s Gold (1969). When Lucas told Slate columnist Bryan Curtis that he would return to making personal movies, Curtis described the film: “They’ll be like the experimental movies Lucas made in the 1960s, around the time he was at U.S.C. film school, when he recorded clouds moving over the desert.” 6-18-67 is light years away from Revenge of the Sith.

– Myrna E. Duarte

Lucas shot 6-18-67 on a scholarship from Columbia Pictures. He was supposed to produce a short making-of documentary about MacKenna’s Gold, which was filming in Arizona. However, he felt alienated from the Hollywood production, and instead made a lyrical short about man and nature in the desert

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