How Gillian Jacobs Switched From Marvel To Lucasfilm For Her Disney+ Documentary More Than Robots
Don’t feel bad if you know Gillian Jacobs primarily through her acting work. Whether it’s the confrontational Britta Perry of Communityhalf of the Netflix series Love Where his role in the hit series GirlsJacobs has been creating memorable on-screen characters for years. Gradually, however, Jacobs moved behind the camera for directorial endeavors, primarily in documentary series and the realm of filmmaking, where you can find her for the exceptional and inspiring work. Disney+ documentary More than robots.
The film recently premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin – a program characterized by its combination of film and technology (making it the perfect place to More than robots) – and it was during this pit stop that producer Jason Sterman walked us through his and Jacobs’ journey from Marvel to Lucasfilm and ultimately to the tight-knit community of 2020 First Robotics Contest entrants. Here’s how Sterman explained to CinemaBlend during an exclusive chat:
This led Gillian Jacobs and Jason Sterman to Lucasfilm. Jacobs has a long history and keen interest in STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. She hosted the podcast If so which was devoted to conversations with experts in the STEM field. She even hosted a lunch for STEM at the Obama White House. As she was looking for her next project after the unscripted series Wonder 616she wanted to explore stories in the STEM world and discovered that Lucasfilm was going to be a brand sponsor for the first robotics competition of 2020. The fates aligned and Jacobs was gone and on the run.
Jason Sterman told us:
The concept of supporting programs like STEM and competitions like the one captured in More than robots has an effect on the spectators, as well as on the people who collaborated closely in the making of the documentary. According to Sterman:
More than robotsdirected by Gillian Jacobs, reminds me of the spectacular documentary Bewitched, in that it focuses on a handful of young students, along with their teams and families, to explain what drives these sharp minds as they head into a global robotics competition. It’s heartwarming and inspiring, and continues to prove that Jacobs is a talented filmmaker on the rise. In my opinion, More Than Robots is one of the best Disney+ movies available on the streaming service at the moment, so make sure your Disney+ subscription is up to date and watch it with your family tonight. Also, keep track of all upcoming disney movies coming to theaters and streaming by the end of the year.