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Set to premiere at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, 5-25-77  tells a story that may seem like a dream come true for any Sci-Fi-oriented cinephile:  a young small-town movie geek is given the opportunity to travel to Hollywood and see an advance screening of the yet-to-be released Star Wars . Interestingly enough, the film isn’t just a fantasy brought to life for the benefit of Star Wars fans everywhere, writer/director Patrick Read Johnson based the events on his own real life experiences.

Toronto Film Scene talked with Johnson about 5-25-77 and how it found its way to the big screen.

Describe your film in 10 words or less:  A love letter to those that gave me permission to dream.

Where did the idea for the film come from?  I lived it.

What’s the one thing you’d like people to know about your film?

That most of it is true. And the rest is even truer.

Patrick Read Johnson, Director of 5-25-77

Patrick Read Johnson, Director of 5-25-77

What was the best thing about production? The most frustrating?

The best thing is, when things are working well, you sometimes have these brief moments where EVERYONE on set is focused on, and truly appreciative of, what’s happening in front of the camera. There’s a quieter kind of hush… An electricity… And you can feel you’re really achieving something.

The most frustrating thing about production is that no matter how hard you try, once the cameras roll, you will almost never witness a true re-creation of the movie you’ve been watching, during months of pre-production, in the theater of your mind.

What are you working on next?

Attempting to get 5-25-77 seen by “The Three Wise Men”… I’ll let you figure out who they are…

Which filmmaker most inspires you?

The one whose film moves me to tears. Tragic or comedic.

If you could make your dream film, what would it be?

2001: A Space Odyssey

5-25-77 screens as part of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:15pm. For more info, visit the TIFF website.