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Fog City Mavericks (Starz Inside)

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Features interviews, commentaries and unforgettable moments from some of the most visionary movies ever created such as American Graffiti, the Star Wars film series, the Indiana Jones film series, The Godfather trilogy, Toy Story, Lost in Translation and many more! Includes all-new interviews with those who have worked with Bay Area mavericks: Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, Anthony Minghella, Milos Forman and Frank Darabont.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Coyote, Marcia Gay Harden, Richard Schickel, Carroll Ballard, Brad Bird
  • Directors: Michael Douglas, Milos Forman, Anthony Minghella, Steven Spielberg, Frank Darabont
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8M0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fog City Mavericks (Starz Inside)" on IMDb

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By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 11, 2008
Format: DVD
Fog City Mavericks: The Filmakers of San Francisco is at once compelling and straight to the point. This documentary style interview film profiles the many film-makers, directors, writers, and producers of San Francisco. Some people were born there and some made their careers there, but the film attempts to draw paralells between all of them for their non-conventional works and careers.

First and foremost, I don't think there is much instruction here to replace the training that anybody would get in film school. But there is plenty of inspiration. And there are plenty of examples of the kinds of attitudes that helped these people produce some of the greatest films ever made, even when they had to go up against the resistance of most or all of the Hollywood elite of the time.

The film also includes excerpts from the movies created by the artists profiled, including American Graffiti (Collector's Edition), Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc), Indiana Jones - The Adventure Collection (Special Editions of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark / Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom / Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade),
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This is an inspiring film that plays fast&loose with a couple of facts early in the presentation that set my teeth on edge:

San Francisco is a squarish city that's about seven miles on each side. It isn't seven square miles.

Eadweard Muybridge didn't design and execute the first experiment in motion-picture photography using twenty-four still-image cameras that set the 24fps frame-rate standard for cinema everafter.

This film goes on to make a great many engaging declarations about the complex (often-adversarial) relationships between independent and commercial filmmaking in context of contemporary history. It's a profoundly inspiring and fascinating film that promotes independent investigation by an audience that demands more truth than the truthiness this film presents as though it were actual fact.
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I watched this video twice on cable and now purchased the DVD so I can go back to it when I need inspiration. I have taken a number of film classes but they never teach you about guts and what it takes to make a great film. Here you will find that fire in the belly that it takes to make the next great film. A great experience for any aspiring film maker; or for anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd in their chosen industry, it is full of the "Right Stuff."

At 62, this documentary has given me the courage to step out and try what I have loved all my life, movie making. I am going to make a movie too.

Chuck Campbell
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Here, director, producer, writer and editorial wiz Gary Leva and his crew tell the story of some of America's boldest, bravest and honest film makers.

However, unlike the who-did-whats you may have seen tally-ho'd prior his subjects have a common element until now unknown focused on: San Francisco; a quiet roaring artistic behemoth that's a mere seven square miles of an uncompromising Bohemian slant reminiscent of Paris 1920.

In fact San Francisco is considered by the celluloid purest to be where American film began. Makes sense, since the gold rush boom brought in a tsunami of high-energy brave hearts from all points throwing caution to the wind for a taste of success; hard earned success. Is there really any wonder the city morphed into the ongoing creative Mecca it is today?

Two of the Fog City's "children" are considered by film enthusiasts to be the fathers of modern cinema: George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.

They met on a set and each admired the others point of view without being too much of an egotist. They also both detested the Hollywood machine that forced box office results over art that was in its seventh decade a few hundred miles south.

Naturally youth and desire led the pair into a self directed company filled with friends to play in their medium of film. They would make films they liked on their terms.

When reality hit idealism, Coppola, like many film geniuses (think Orson Welles), would dip into the flaming studio cauldron and sell a bit of his soul to keep funding going.

Lucas, meanwhile, was sorely bashed and prodded when he ran a tasting spoon over the cauldron - even when he delivered to it a crowd pleasing mirepoix called, American Graffiti.
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Excellent historical background on the San Francisco area movie producers & artists in a wonderful format and comparison to Hollywood ! Exceptional insight into so many of our favorite movies over the years ! HIGHLY recommend this to anyone interested in the movies & entertainment industry !!!
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