On Thursday the annual Jules Verne Film Festival kicks off in Los Angeles and Star Trek is very much a part of this year’s event. Presiding will be Captain Picard himself, Patrick Stewart, who is the festival’s “President of the Jury.” Malcolm McDowell, William Shatner and other Trek celebrities will also be showing up.
Hosting the opening night’s ceremonies will be the man who killed Captain Kirk, Malcolm McDowell. McDowell and Stewart will be joined by astronaut Buzz Aldrin honoring Tippi Hedren, Ted Turner, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Tony Curtis for their philanthropic and environmental work. Sunday will be the big Trek day starting off with showings of 4 episodes of Star Trek Remastered: “And the Children Shall Lead,” “Tomorrow is Yesterday,” “Space Seed” and “Operation: Annihilate!” Each episode will be presented by special ‘Star Trek’ guests. On Sunday evening Stewart and McDowell will present William Shatner with Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement Award. Other Trek stars are also expected to show up on Sunday as well.
Other events during the festival will feature the new Alien vs. Predator movie, a screening of the director’s cut of Blade Runner and an event honoring the cast and crew of Heroes. Other celebrities attending the festival include Ray Bradbury, Ridley Scott, and Stan Lee.
Go to the Official Site for more details and ticket information. (STARTREK.com has a half price promotion for the event)
Here is a trailer for the event:
TrekMovie.com will be reporting from the event and bring you pictures and videos.