At midnight on March 31st, the one-month-long campaign for the Star Trek: Voyager documentary wrapped up its crowdfunding campaign with a whopping total of $1,260,245. This sets a new record for documentary crowdfunding.
Breaking the record… with a little help from some friends
The campaign for the Voyager documentary almost doubled the one for What We Left Behind, the Deep Space Nine doc from the same team, which brought in around $630,000 in 2017. Over the month of March, To the Journey was supported by a total of 11,728 backers, with the last 1,700 coming in the final two days of the campaign. They were spurred on with a little help from Star Trek celebrities: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew tag-teamed with DS9 star Nana Visitor to get the word out.
Thank you so much, Nana! You heard the Major, only one day left! https://t.co/Tjhwh53yvy
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) March 30, 2021
The previous record for a crowdfunding documentary was $1,126,036 for the Frank Zappa doc Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa (Save the Vault, Tell the Story), produced and directed by Alex Winter (of Bill and Ted fame). And as the Voyager doc approached the number one spot, Winter actually joined in to push it over, offering his support on Twitter.
— Alex Winter (@Winter) March 28, 2021
Producer thanks the fans… and TrekMovie readers
TrekMovie has given To the Journey and its campaign extensive coverage, including our revealing interview with producer and co-director David Zappone last week. And this morning Zappone sent over a message for the fans expressing his appreciation for all the support:
“The entire “To The Journey” Voyager Documentary Team wishes to thank the amazing fans of Star Trek. When we first went into planning for this documentary we were hampered by Covid and the pandemic shut us down just as we started filming in what was supposed to be the 25th Anniversary of Voyager’s Premiere. In bringing forward this crowdfunding to 2021 our expectations were all over the place as to how well we would do in a world still recovering from shutdowns and work stoppage. We knew we could probably get a documentary made that would make the fans happy but never did we even dare to dream we would end up as the number one crowdfunded documentary in history. We promise that we will create the absolute best documentary for Voyager. I also want to thank TrekMovie.com for all of the wonderful support they have given to us during the crowdfunding and to continuing to work with them going forward.”
Now comes the hard part
As noted in that TrekMovie interview, To the Journey has a lot of work to do. The campaign expanded the scope of the documentary with ten stretch goals that include increasing the runtime to 90 minutes and remastering footage from Voyager in HD. They are now focused on continuing production with more interviews, including follow-ups. The team is also planning on filming the Voyager reunion at October’s Destination Star Trek convention in London.
How to keep in touch and support the doc
The 455 Films team will continue to send updates through their supporters’ newsletter and provide updates on the Indiegogo campaign page and via social media. They plan to share videos and photos during the production process to give fans a taste of what’s to come.
There are also still some perks available on the Indigogo page, including the opportunity to reserve a copy of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or digital release.