With the film The Graduate opening this weekend in select cities, some movie-industry insiders are looking to grad students for jobs.
The film, which is based on George Lucas’ seminal sci-fi novel trilogy, will be released in select theaters on Jan. 11.
“The grad film is an incredibly important step in the path toward making the film a reality,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.
“There are many grad films in the pipeline that are exciting and we are excited about The Graduate.
The fact that we will be working with a student who will be in the industry for five years will allow us to make a film that is both relevant and exciting.”
Lucasfilm said that a handful of the graduate films are scheduled to be released during the next few months.
“We look forward to making a movie that is fun, exciting and will be part of the conversation about the future of film,” Kennedy said.
For those looking to get in on the ground floor, there are more than a dozen grad films that are scheduled for release this year, including one by director Robert Zemeckis.
“It’s the most exciting time in film history,” Zemecker told The Hollywood Reporter in a phone interview.
“In the next five years, we are going to have films that will tell a different kind of story.
It’s about storytelling and it’s about bringing audiences together.”
A film about a graduate student will likely be less accessible to people with limited means, and the industry is starting to recognize that, Zemecki said.
“They’re coming up with these exciting projects,” Zabeck said.
The grad film will be the first in a series of films that Zemeekis is developing that will explore themes of student debt and social justice.
He said the films will not only tell stories about the struggles of students, but also will help them make informed decisions about their careers.
“If they don’t make their own decisions and have a voice, it’s going to be really difficult for them,” Zendeck said of grad students.
The Graduate is one of several Lucasfilm films that have been released this year.
It was also one of the first Lucasfilm projects to be produced in Japan, and one of a handful that was made in the U.S. There are currently plans to make an American version, and a new film will hit theaters this summer in New York City.
Zemekowsky, who is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Graduate School of Film and Television at Columbia University, said he thinks his project will have a bigger impact in the film world than any other.
“I think there’s a lot of filmmakers out there who are very passionate about what they’re doing and are working to change the way things are,” Zeman said.