Rare, early documentary film by George Lucas. Made during the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People.
In 1969, they went on the road for Coppola’s next film, The Rain People, a made-on-the-move film based off of the same principles American Zoetrope would soon be founded upon. During The Rain People, Lucas made a documentary simply called Filmmaker, which is a fascinating look at how Coppola (and by proxy Lucas), was fighting the rigidity of the old system and its cumbersome, expensive ways. It also shows a 29-year-old beardless Coppola remarking “the world is filled with guys who said: ‘First I’ll make the money, then I’ll go off and make the personal films I’ve always wanted to make’, yet they never get around to doing it”, a curious parallel to what has since happened to Lucas, which, since it’s Lucas’ documentary, makes it poignantly fitting in retrospect.