A Disturbance in the Force teaser trailer
A Disturbance in the Force directed by Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak

Ahead of the world premiere at SXSW, filmmakers Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak revealed the first look festival teaser trailer for A Disturbance in the Force, their documentary about the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.

The documentary, which will have its world premiere at SXSW on March 11, chronicles the making of the bizarre (and buried) “Star Wars Holiday Special” as well as a specific bygone era of 1970s event television.

Featured in the documentary are Seth Green, Weird Al Yankovic, Paul Scheer, Taran Killam, Donny Osmond, Gilbert Gottfried, Bonnie Burton, Bruce Vilanch, and Steve Binder.

In 1977, “Star Wars” became a cultural phenomenon that single-handedly revitalized a stagnant film industry, and forever changed how films were sold, made, and marketed. Movies would never be the same again. A year later, neither would television. In 1978, CBS aired the two-hour “Star Wars Holiday Special” during the week of Thanksgiving and was watched by 13 million people. It never re-aired. While some fans of the franchise are aware of this dark secret, this bizarre two hours of television still remains relatively unknown among the general public. Simply put, we will answer how and why did the “Holiday Special” get made.

Watch the teaser trailer for A Disturbance in the Force.

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