I saw a pretty neat documentary made by a local TV station, KRON 4 in San Francisco earlier this week. It was about the movies and San Francisco. Mainly about the films made in the city and some stories about the making of them, from the silent era to the famous Hitchcock films, Bullitt, and so on. Also they discussed the emergance of studios here in the Bay Area: Lucasfilm, ILM and Pixar for example. The interesting thing was a segment about how George Lucas and Frances Ford Coppula met and how they formed a film studio after Lucas graduated from film school. They set up in San Francisco where they were close to home. Earlier in the show, it was discussing how the City had a group of indie filmmakers. They where happy to be making and experimenting with film from the early years through the present on there own, away from Hollywood. The interesting thing was they were very independent and could do what they wanted and always had final cut their films. Coppola and Lucas are described as a part of that ilk from the late 60’s according to this documentary. Lucas made THX1138 with moneys from Warner and Coppula made a less then well known film about a cross-country trip. Coppola and Lucas were financially in ruins at one point and they had to close down American Zoatrope (SP?) Lucas formed Lucasfilm and tried to get something going. Coppola had to do something too, so he accepted Godfather and Lucas, through Coppola’s urging did American Graffiti. "Why don’t you do something down to Earth instead of with robots", Coppola urged him. With those successes, they both were financially able to be indie filmmakers again. And Lucas made the statement; "I have final cut now." At that point I thought that makes sense. I know I may be flamed for this, but I infer from this statement that Lucas really is an Indie filmmaker now and he can do what he wants with the Star Wars films and video releases. I know people here hate Cinema Revisionist, but he’s not a part of Hollywood. He is on his own. They are his films. Perhaps Spielberg is a part of Hollywood, but he’s powerful enough to do what he wants to as well. So you may bash these filmmakers for what they are doing now, but I have a new view of them now. I never really appreciated before that Lucas is an outsider in a sense and on his own. Nelson PS: I forgot to add, the films of Lucas and Spielberg may be considered a part of our American Culture and you can't go back and change it, but they obviously are doing it. Don't flame me on it. I just thought it was a facinating documentary and worth some thought and discussion.