BURBANK, CA – The Star Wars saga. Unforgiven. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Toy Story. Letters from Iwo Jima. Finding Nemo. Amadeus. American Graffiti. The Godfather trilogy. The Indiana Jones films. The Right Stuff. Apocalypse Now. Lost in Translation. What do these legendary films have in common? Their creators are part of the fiercely independent filmmaking community based not in Hollywood, but in the San Francisco Bay Area. From famed cinema documentarian Gary Leva (“R2-D2 Beneath the Dome”) comes Fog City Mavericks, an in-depth look at the Bay Area visionaries whose collective imaginations and innovations have both refined and redefined the predominant art form of the modern age. Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the Starz Originals documentary Fog City Mavericks on DVD April 8th. SRP is $19.97 and pre-book is March 6th.
Written and directed by Leva and narrated by Peter Coyote (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial), Fog City Mavericks charts the nearly 150-year relationship between motion pictures and San Francisco, from a simple bet posed to 19th century photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge to the fertile filmmaking community today that includes such luminaries as directors Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation) George Lucas (American Graffiti, the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films), Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven, Flags of Our Fathers, Million Dollar Baby), Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff, Henry and June), animator John Lasseter (Toy Story, Cars) actor/producers Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting) and Michael Douglas (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Basic Instinct), and producer Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient).
Not only have these filmmakers been honored with numerous international awards and citations for their achievements, but their iconoclastic visions and technical innovations have come to define the best of independent cinema. From pioneering digital cinema to CGI animation and multi-channel surround sound, for more than a century, the Fog City Mavericks have touched our hearts, opened our eyes and expanded the possibilities of cinema.
Fog City Mavericks pierces the foggy veil of this unique artistic community, featuring clips and rare behind-the-scenes footage, commentaries and all-new, revealing interviews with George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Robin Williams, Saul Zaentz, John Lasseter, Matthew Robbins, Chris Columbus, Milos Forman, Anthony Minghella, Michael Douglas, Sofia Coppola, Steve Jobs and many, many more affiliated with what some – including geographic Hollywood – enviously call “the Mill Valley Mafia!”
Fog City Mavericks premiered on the Starz channel last September to immediate critical acclaim. TV Guide said “It paints a great portrait of the city as an incubator for artistic individuality,” while the Hollywood Reporter declared the documentary “mesmerizing.”