In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, filmmaker Kevin Smith has teamed up with the makers of Hughes the Force to release the film via his new YouTube Channel: SModcast Internet Television (S.I.T.): www.youtube.com/user/seesmod.
The film will be freely available to all for download in a number of digital formats for both PC and Mac, as well as mobile versions for Android and iPhone. Also available will be Blu-ray and DVD files complete with menus and bonus content for burning to your own discs. On top of this a galactic number of bonus stuff will be featured, including:
The Making of Hughes the Force featurette – behind-the-scenes footage from the set and interview clips with the Director J.C. Reifenberg, Producer Ruark Dreher and actor, James Arnold Taylor.
Commentary Tracks – multiple tracks featuring the lead actors and the production staff covering a range of topics including the writing, cinematography, production work, and acting.
Pop-Up Video Track – behind-the-scenes trivia throughout the film.
Hughes the Force is a35-minute short film tribute to Star Wars and John Hughes. It tells the story of Simon and Henry, two teens tortured by jocks and rejected by girls, who are invited to the epic end of the year high school party, but there’s a catch. In order to get in, they need to bring just one hot girl. Unable to attract any female attention, they decide to take matters into their own hands and create the perfect woman from Simon’s prized Slave Leia action figure.
Armed with a fully operational lightsaber and blaster, the two set out with their self-appointed mentor to do what they have never done before: fit in. On their journey, they encounter stormtroopers, aliens, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme, a Dark Lord of the Sith, and even director Kevin Smith in the most unlikely of places. But even with the Force as their ally, some things are not meant to be…
As well as cameo Appearances from the likes of Kevin Smith, James Arnold Taylor and Catherine Taber, the voices of Obi-wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala on the hit animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, play cameo roles as their Clone Wars characters on-screen in-costume for the first time.
Add to that the voice talents of Tom Kane (Yoda and others on Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Matt Sloan (Darth Vader for LucasArts,Chad Vader), and Jimmy McInerney (co-host of the ForceCast), and you’re onto a winner.