The Force Awakens Feature-Length Documentary to Debut in Austin, Texas


Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, the 69 minute long documentary of the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will have its debut at South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW).


The documentary is a bonus feature on the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray release of TFA and will reveal an inside look, new footage and exclusive interviews with cast and crew. It will be shown in Austin, Texas, March 14th, at 12:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ BAFTA Award–winning and Academy Award–nominated visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett, Academy Award–nominated supervising sound editor Matthew Wood and co-producer Michelle Rejwan will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening.


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22 thoughts on “The Force Awakens Feature-Length Documentary to Debut in Austin, Texas

  • March 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Wow talk about milking a cow till its dead. The Secrets of The Force Awakens: We Copied Everything!

    Bah some secret.

    • March 8, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Yeah, the story of a stormtrooper who rescues an enemy prisoner while defecting from his own force, then teams up with a young woman to help his former enemies destroy the military base he just left and locate a long lost Jedi is lifted straight out of… what, exactly?

      • March 8, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        Exactly! I’m tired of people saying it is a copy/remake of A New Hope. Now let’s be 100% honest. I would be absolutely BLIND to not notice the similarities between TFA and ANH, but it is by no means a copy. Besides, I think it is what us fans needed to let us know that we are back on track in the story. I liked the movie, but understand that not all can enjoy it.

        • March 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

          Enjoyed the movie, especially the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time I saw it. Just honest with myself about its shortcomings and the disappointment in the lack of courage by Disney/JJ to try more original ideas even if it meant making a less fanfare of a movie. If you have read The Art of the Force Awakens you really get a sense from the commentary in the book that JJ and his designers, support writers, etc. were sold on rehashing the old plot points and imagery of the OT’s. Almost every idea started with something from the OT’s. Now thats not all bad of course, but some more original thought would have been nice.

      • March 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

        I have only 2 words for you. Nothing more need ever be said: TRENCH RUN.


        • March 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm

          the sortof trench run in TFA was more of a homage to the Episode IV trench run than anything more, as it wasn’t a crucial element in the battle.

        • March 8, 2016 at 9:46 pm

          Yeah. They shouldn’t have done that (and the Death Star weapon in general). I’m fine with the rest, though.

        • March 9, 2016 at 7:13 am

          The trench run from ANH occupied nearly 20 minutes of the movie.

          In Episode VII, the X-Wings shoot down a trench for less than a minute. It’s an obvious nod to the first movie, nothing more. *Pats your head* But you can still be angry about it, if you want.

          • March 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm

            Try less than 10, ya moran.

          • March 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

            The entire sequence runs around 20 minutes. Moron is spelled with two O’s. Personal attacks fail to win legitimacy for your arguments. Not that you presented one here.

          • March 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

            And that, kids, is what we call a roast.

  • March 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I can’t wait to watch this doc. I’m jumping right into the bonus content once I get the Blu-Ray home

    • March 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Very excited that it’s over an hour long. Thought it would be more like 20-30, but this resembles the Phantom Menace documentary length. Whether anyone loves or hates that movie, that was a hell of a ‘making of’.

      • March 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm

        Completely agree – it gave a very interesting raw look at the process. I wish more movies offered “all-access-pass” docs like these.

      • March 9, 2016 at 12:09 am

        I hope that this documentary gets us some Plinkett-worthy quotes.

        “BB-8 is they key to all this.”

  • March 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Ugh, Austin, home of the pretentious hipsters and liberal hippies/yuppies and their gluten-free, non-GMO, fair trade, “health nut” food -_-

    • March 9, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Ah, yes. You would much prefer small town America with it’s over weight, low info and under educated conservative populace dining on chuck steak and mashed potatoes made from a box, as God intended them to be.

      Because “American” is a race, and getting fat in preparation for death from heart disease is apart of our culture.

      • March 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        Dear Foreign Jackass, you should probably find a fire and die in it, you, stupid, bigoted, oxygen thieving sonofabitch.

  • March 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I’d like to see one on the whole power struggle between Lucas, Iger, and Kennedy during the sale to Disney. I doubt it will happen till they are all dead or retired though.

  • March 9, 2016 at 6:06 am

    One of the few “making of” I’ll watch.

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