The year is 1999. Everyone's freaking out over Y2K and recovering from The Phantom Menace
. Joe Nussbaum
, graduate of George Lucas
's alma mater USC, puts out a short film called George Lucas In Love
. Maybe I'm just projecting, as someone who can remember getting some heavy use out of her VHS copy, but if you were a Star Wars
fan back in the early, Wild West days of the Internet, chances are you saw it. A Shakespeare In Love
parody about ol' Uncle George, George Lucas In Love
was massively successful (see: It was the top-selling movie on ickle baby Amazon.com for nearly three months, outselling even The Phantom Menace
, which is pretty impressive for a nine-minute short) and got Nussbaum a leg up into the film industry: He's since had a flourishing career on TV, most notably with MTV's Awkward.
15 years (yes, it has been that long) after its initial, pre-YouTube debut, George Lucas In Love
is finally entering the 21st century with an HD release on iTunes. Nussbaum took the time to chat with us about George Lucas In Love
and offer his advice on how other creators of geeky shorts might replicate his success. And! We're also giving away a George Lucas In Love
poster, done in the style of the legendary Drew Struzan
and signed by Nussbaum. Scroll to the bottom to see how you can win.