Hold on, I think I'm getting ahead of myself here.
The email stoic Merbrat, a fellow SF fan from years gone by, sent me an article a month ago concerning Star Trek: Phase II: the First Professional Fan Film?
Reading through it, I was intrigued.
Filmed with high resolution digital cameras on authentic looking replica sets, Star Trek: Phase II (previously known as New Voyages) takes over where the original Star Trek ended – co-opting the name that Gene Roddenbury chose for his failed attempt to revive the original series on the small screen. Playing out the archetypal fan fantasy, a plucky bunch of Trek-nerds recast themselves as their Sci-Fi heroes, facing the same jeopardy, saying the same lines, wearing the same velour jerseys and ill-fitting trousers as the original Kirk, Spock and McCoy.At the bottom of the Article were a few listings for futher viewing. The author was less than complimentary of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
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Another fan film full of former Trek actors is Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. Directed by Tim "Tuvok" Russ and starring Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and Alan Ruck, it should be more "professional" than New Voyages. It's lovely to see so many Trek alumni on screen, but awful to hear them spout such truly terrible dialogue. And the plot? We've already seen Yesterday's Enterprise, Mirror Mirror, Charlie X and City on the Edge of Forever. Great episodes on their own, but unpalatable when put in a blender and whizzed up into a fan-wank smoothie. Still, worth a look for curiosity value. Link here.Former Star Trek actors participating in a fan film? I figured it was worth checking out. So I signed up and forgot about it. Well, Part 2 came out the other day and I thought I'd give the first part a quick look. Only I couldn't just go look at it; I had to click the link, give them an email address, and wait for an invite.
Since I failed to complete the task the first day, procrastination took over and I still haven't watched a minute of the film. However, if you go to the Renegade Studios site, you'll discover several other projects that might be of interest.
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And then the newsletter shows up today.
My Dear Friends,
My new suspense-comedy feature film Lady Magdalene's is having its Los Angeles-area premiere at the auspicious Backlot Film Festival. I'd love you to join me. During my introduction I'll be singing one of the two songs I wrote for the movie and following the film will join writer/director/producer J. Neil Schulman for Q&A.
Thursday, April 3rd, 7:00 PM
Backlot Film Festival
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
Cost $5.00 - $3.00 Senior/Student
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Official Movie Website: http://www.ladymagdalenes.com
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It's going to be a wonderful evening.
Nichelle Nichols is starring in a film by J. Neil Schulman? The same J. Neil Schulman who wrote Stopping Power? When did he start doing film? The universe is indeed weirder than we can know.
Star Trek fans probably have no idea who J. Neil Schulman is, but those of us who are reasonably informed in Libertarian circles have become well acquainted with the name, even if we haven't quite gotten around to reading his books.
I guess I'll have to make time to watch Nichelle perform in a film by J. Neil schulman. I'm in a quandary though as to whether to invite my Libertarian friends or my SF friends. If I invite both groups and they both show up there could well be a causality inversion.
Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. -EgonMight be interesting.