Next week there will be another Star Trek-related virtual event, but this time it isn’t an online convention, but a full cast reading of a new original award-winning script about how the original Star Trek was made by Gene Roddenberry working for Lucille Ball.
‘The Creator’ at DTLA Film Fest – October 21
The DTLA Film Festival, which showcases independent film in Los Angeles, has awarded screenwriter Ben Everhart (Personal Space) the grand prize in their 2020 screenplay contest for his script of The Creator, the story about the unlikely collaboration between Gene Roddenberry and Lucille Ball to create the original Star Trek. The Creator will be produced as a taped-to-live table read, debuting on Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 7:00 pm PST on the DTLA Film Festival Facebook page and YouTube channel. The event is free, but donations to DTLAFF are welcome. You can register for it now at eventbrite.
The virtual table read, directed by Colleen Davie Janes, will feature a cast of 30-plus players. It stars Michael Bakkensen (The Americans) as Gene Roddenberry and Risa Benson (Home Cooked News) as Lucille Ball.
The online production of The Creator will co-star Denver Taylor (Salt-N-Pepa) and Anthony Robert Grasso (Jessica Jones )as Desilu production executives Herb Solow and Oscar Rudin, Shauna Pinkett (Forefathers) as actress Majel Barret, who starred in the Star Trek TV series’ original pilot episode and would later become the second Mrs. Gene Roddenberry, Nick Moss (The Cobblestone Corridor) as both William Shatner and Harlan Ellison, Ken Perlstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!) as Leonard Nimoy, Nihara Nicelle as Nicelle Nichols (Vanished) and Omar Pelaez (Ride The Wave) as Desi Arnaz.
Also co-starring are Derek Anthony (Bosch), Meredith Handerhan (The King of Staten Island), Mara McCann (The Killer In The House), Jared P. Smith (FBI), Jo-anne Lee (Blue Bloods), Elisha Lawson (Blue Bloods), Samarah Conley (Last Vermont Christmas), Jim O’Hare (Bull), Garrett Lee Hendricks (Law & Order: SVU) Phillip James (Decoy) and Chad Anthony Miller (Criminal Minds).
“It’s a huge honor to be selected for DTLA Film Festival’s table read. ‘The Creator’ was a true passion project, and I’m grateful to the festival for this opportunity. Everyone at the festival has been tremendously supportive — and they’re bringing a thoughtful, creative vision to the event. My script is in great hands,” said The Creator screenwriter Everhart in a statement. “Gene Roddenberry created ‘Star Trek’ during the 1960s, in the midst of The Civil Rights movement. He used the show to make a political statement, to champion diversity and positive representation. He was one of the first to cast people of color in leadership roles and embrace storytelling with racial, political and philosophic themes,” said Everhart.
“The relevance of this story to the racial and political reckoning now happening in America really resonated with our programming team. It’s also a fascinating look at how one of the most unlikely collaborations in the history of Hollywood resulted in one of its most beloved franchises. Ben’s screenplay is extremely well-written, bringing to life the characters of Gene Roddenberry and Lucille Ball in an engaging and authentic way,” said Karolyne Sosa, DTLAFF’s director of programming.
For more on the festival visit dtlaff.com.
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