Before They Were Stars: 13-Year Old Steven Spielberg Directs “Escape to Nowhere”

There haven’t been any new updates from me in awhile because I’ve been quite busy enjoying the long Canada Day weekend. However, one person who probably didn’t enjoy this past weekend was Steven Spielberg, as his latest film, The BFG, was an uncharacteristic flop from him. Well, here’s what you could probably call Spielberg’s first true success. At age 13, he directed a 40-minute 8mm war film called Escape to Nowhere, starring many of his school friends and his sister, Anne Spielberg, who played a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in World War I. It won Spielberg his first filmmaking prize and while only two minutes of footage of Escape to Nowhere still exist, it’s put together pretty damn impressively for a 13-year old.

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