ArcLight Doc Fest Shines a Lightsaber on Fan Films

The 2nd Annual ArcLight Documentary Film Festival wraps up tonight with a screening of Backyard Blockbusters. The 119-minute feature, scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at the ArcLight Hollywood location, surveys the fascinating history of fan films.

Writer-director John E. Hudgens comes to the subject matter the best way possible. He won Audience Awards in 2003 and 2005 at the Lucasfilm Star Wars Fan Film Awards for his parodies The Jedi Hunter and Sith Apprentice. He can also claim to have worked on the franchise through his day job as an artist-animator and is known for his Babylon 5 spoof-tribute work as well.

Backyard Blockbusters is competing at the festival in the category of Entertainment Documentaries. Other bracket this year are Biographic/Historic, Social Issues and Short. Winners will be announced Saturday.