Interview with The Force Among Us director Cris Macht
We first met Cris at ComiCONN in Stamford,CT in 2011. Cris only had 50 copies left of the 1,977 The Force Among Us DVD's he had printed. It was obvious after viewing the film this wasn't just your average Star Wars documentary. This was made by someone who truly loved the films and connected with other fans who felt the same way. We were to hear when Cris announced that he was following up with a sequel : The Force Within Us.
You visited some incredible Star Wars filming locations in your first film The Force Among Us. Can you tell us some of some of the locations you visit in The Force Within Us?
Cris Macht: We visited Death Valley, Smith River CA, Humbolt County, CA, and of course the Yoda statue at the Presidio.
The teaser trailer shows interviews with artist Dave Dorman, Jimmy Mac of The ForceCast and follows up with fans from The Force Among Us. Can you tell us about some of the people you interview in The Force Within Us?
Cris Macht: The Force Within Us is my “autobiography” as a Star Wars fan and how all these different people tie into my story, a lot of the people I interviewed were in The Force Among Us, but their connection/relationship to me was not identified. I interview several family members and friends – but people that star wars fans will be most familiar with will be Ashley Eckstein, Jeremy Bulloch, Paul Bateman, Robert Watts, Kevin Liell, Dave Dorman, Jimmy Mac, and we also interviewed some people that worked on Return of the Jedi (some of the Stormtrooper extras, Harrison Ford's stand in, and a few Ewok handlers).
Will there be a substantial amount of extras added to the DVD that did not make the documentary?
Cris Macht: Just like the first one, we will make sure to have some cool bonus features!
The Tusken Ewok design used on The Force Within Us poster and shirt look great. Will that be the cover art of the DVD?
Cris Macht: As cool as that design Kevin Liell did for us, it is the logo for my production company and does not fit the “theme” of “overall vibe” of the film.
Do you have an estimate on when The Force Within Us DVD will be available? Is there any updates on when The Force Among Us download will be available to purchase?
Cris Macht: The Force Within Us DVD will be released very soon. The authoring of the DVD and manufacturing of it takes a few weeks. It will be sometime by end of February…I am thinking. The download of The Force Among Us directors cut should be around the same time (or early March). The production company is small and we are working on both projects. Our priority right now is to get The Force Within Us 100% finished (we are at the tail end of post production).
There has been numerous Star Wars related documentaries that have been made over the years. The Force Among Us stood out by having real passion. Thank you and everyone involved in making the sequel : The Force Within Us a reality.
Cris Macht: Thank you very much! The Kick Starter Supporters is who helped made this a reality for me…along with my good friend Ian Vacek (who was the Line Producer and the DP on TFWU). Thanks for the compliment. I don’t think I would have made the film(s) to begin with if I did not have such a passion for Star Wars. Besides Star Wars, the only things I have that much passion for is my wife and baseball.
To pre order The Force Within Us, please go to theforceamongus.com .