Release date:April 12, 2007
Studio:Forsaken Sun Productions
"Heart of an Empire" is not just a documentary about the global organization known as the "Fighting 501st". It is a deep personal study of the people that comprise this group and the communities and lives they interact with. In a mere 5 years the 501st has increased in numbers from 2 to 2000, has managed to carve a name for itself as a staple for many well known charity organizations, and secured themselves in the annals of Star Wars popular lore. Yet still, they are misunderstood and ridiculed by many. More than a mere fan group, they seem to have an uncanny(although sometimes challenged) organizational skill and unparalleled sense of place and purpose in their communities.My film explores the history of the "501st" group through present day. Also we have filmed a select portion of its individual members -both in costume and their 'real lives'- as they struggle to give the general public something it doesn't expect. This is a film for a general audience. The humanity we've witnessed from members and their influence around the world have a universal truth that everyone -not just fanatics- can relate to.. Yet the Star Wars fan need not worry, as I have quite a few surprises in store for them as well if they look closely. Things won't always work out, they are often ridiculed, and at times chaos reigns supreme. However, through all the politics, drama, and personal hardships, these everyday heros somehow end up touching someone at the end of the day in a special way. Hopefully, through this film, will surprise and touch your heart as well.