A Disturbance in the Force

In 1977, "Star Wars" became a cultural phenomenon that single-handedly revitalized a stagnant film industry, and forever changed how films were sold, made, and marketed. Movies would never be the same again.

A year later, neither would television.

In 1978, CBS aired the two-hour "Star Wars Holiday Special" during the week of Thanksgiving and was watched by 13 million people. It never re-aired.

While some fans of the franchise are aware of this dark secret, this bizarre two hours of television still remains relatively unknown among the general public. Simply put, we will answer how and why did the "Holiday Special" get made.

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Credits

Directors:

Jeremy Coon, Steve Kozak

Executive Producer:

Adam F. Goldberg

Producer:

Jeremy Coon, Steve Kozak, Kyle Newman

Cinematographer:

Tim Irwin, Jay P. Morgan, Quinn Hester

Editor:

Jeremy Coon

Sound Designer:

Nathan Hoffman

Music:

Karl Preusser

Principal Cast:

Seth Green, Kevin Smith, Paul Scheer, Taran Killam, Bonnie Burton, Weird Al Yankovic, Bruce Vilanch, Gilbert Gottfried, Donny Osmond, Miki Herman

Contact

Distributor:

Eric Sloss
eric@cineticmedia.com

Public Film Contact:

Jeremy Coon
September Club
jeremy@september.club

Publicity Contact:

Ryan Fons
ryan@fonspr.com
310-809-8882

Sales Agent:

Cinetic Media

Details

Primary Entry:
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Secondary Entry:
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Year:

2023

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genre:

Documentary

Screening Section:

Documentary Spotlight

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Language:

English

Runtime:

86 mins