Luke and Biggs

The best thing about documentaries is there’s something for everyone. No matter what you’re into, from the grandest ideas like religion or politics, to the smallest things like Star Wars, someone has made a movie about it. Then things can get even more specific within those ideas. In the case of Star Wars, two new docs tackle the series from two very different, but equally interesting angles.

First up, a new documentary has turned to IndieGoGo to research the Star Wars prequels. It’s called The Prequels Strike Back. Then, there’s a short documentary you can watch right now about Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker’s best friend who was largely cut from the original film. Learn more about both Star Wars documentaries below.

First up, The Prequels Strike Back can be found on IndieGoGo. Thanks to Film School Rejects for the heads up. Here’s the pitch video for the film:

Put together by a group of friends who call themselves the Ministry of Cinema (Bradley Weatherholt, Kyle Brodeur, Matthew Fielde) they hope their film will help people look at the prequels in a new light by exploring radical film theories that have been applied to the movies over the past few years. You can read more about it at the above link but, since it’s already past its initial goal and well on its way to its stretch goals, hopefully we’ll get to see it soon.

Next up, filmmaker Jamie Benning has made a short Star Wars documentary called Blast It Biggs, Where Are You? It explores the character of Biggs Darklighter, Luke’s best friend who is all but an afterthought in the original movie. He’s mentioned once at the beginning and seen, but never named, at the end. In the special edition, a scene between Luke and Biggs (played by actor Garrick Hagon) is added in right before the attack on the Death Star. But when Star Wars hit Blu-ray a few years back, an earlier scene that would’ve taken place towards the start of the film was released. Based on that scene, Benning made a documentary about the character of Biggs and examines what he could’ve meant to Star Wars.

Thanks to Esquire for that video.

What are some of your favorite Star Wars documentaries?

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