Star Wars Gets Fresh New Take at Ada Community Library with Empire Uncut 

Saturday, Jan. 26

What would you do if you could edit Star Wars? Would you leave Jar Jar Binks for dead in a curling pile of cellulose diacetate on the edit room floor? Would you put an end to the pernicious heresy that Greedo shot first?

The only way to become a great filmmaker is to start making films, and the Victory branch of the Ada Community Library is staying up late Saturday, Jan. 26, to get its patrons on their ways to Hollywood with Empire Uncut: Collaborative Filmmaking at the Library.

Here's how it works: From 6:15-9 p.m., visitors have a chance to shoot, edit and upload 15-second snippets of the second (by order of release) Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back. When the project is complete, the snippets are spliced together into a completely fan-made version of the sci-fi classic that will be available on the Empire Uncut website.

So if you have some creative ideas on updating Luke and Yoda's workout routine on Dagobah or find the lightsaber duel between father and son insufficiently Oedipal or leather-bound, there's a fix for that--shoot the scenes yourself and win glory.

The project began in 2009, when Casey Pugh called into the vast emptiness that is the Internet for fellow Star Wars fans to film 15-second clips of scenes from Episode IV: A New Hope.

The event is free, but there's a catch: Because of space and resource limitations, registration is required. So get online and make your X at the event website. May the Force be with you.

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