In 1968 superfans Bjo and John Trimble spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to get NBC to give the original Star Trek a third season. The upcoming documentary United We Fan takes a look at that effort and how it pioneered other “save our show” fan campaigns through the decades.
United We Fan – directed by Michael Sparaga (Missing Ingredient) – chronicles the stories of passionate individuals and their unique crusades to save their beloved shows. It promises to take a “humorous and heartfelt” look at these fan efforts, featuring interviews with campaign organizers as well as series’ stars, creators and executives. For Star Trek, the doc interviews campaign leaders Bjo and John Trimble, series star Nichelle Nichols as well as series creator Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddenberry.
TrekMovie has a first look at a clip from the Star Trek segment of United We Stand, courtesy of Blue Ice Docs.
In addition to Star Trek the doc examines campaigns for Designing Women, Cagney & Lacey, Quantum Leap, Chuck, Longmire, Jericho, Veronica Mars, Person of Interest and several others. For Quantum Leap one of those interviewed is Star Trek: Enterprise star Scott Bakula.
World premiere in April
Today it was announced that United We Fan will have its world premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. There will be three screenings: April 28, April 30, and May 3rd. More information and tickets can be found at hotdocs.ca.