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4/4/2013 10:01:00 PM
Sci-fi fest beams into Prescott
'Star Trek' creator's son to present documentary on classic TV series
Photo courtesy of David Frankham
Left to right are Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, James Doohan and David Frankham in a scene from “Star Trek.” Frankham will visit Prescott April 19–21 as part of Prescott Film Festival’s Sci-Fi Mini-Fest.
Photo courtesy of David Frankham
Left to right are Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, James Doohan and David Frankham in a scene from “Star Trek.” Frankham will visit Prescott April 19–21 as part of Prescott Film Festival’s Sci-Fi Mini-Fest.
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Alan Dean Foster, a Prescott-based author whose works include dozens of original sci-fi/fantasy books and high-profile movie novelizations, will give a presentation Sunday, April 21, at the Sci-Fi Mini-Fest on the Yavapai College campus.
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Alan Dean Foster, a Prescott-based author whose works include dozens of original sci-fi/fantasy books and high-profile movie novelizations, will give a presentation Sunday, April 21, at the Sci-Fi Mini-Fest on the Yavapai College campus.

Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier


"Star Trek" fans: Set your phasers on "amazing."

The Prescott Film Festival's first Sci-Fi Mini-Fest, coming to the Yavapai College campus Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21, will feature Rod Roddenberry, son of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, on hand to present his documentary "Trek Nation" and conduct a 30-minute question and answer session following the screening.

"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," 2009's "Star Trek" prequel, "Forbidden Planet," "District 9," "Galaxy Quest," "Inception" and "The Matrix" will also be shown.

There will be a talk on extraterrestrial life with Professor Jeb Bevers, and author Alan Dean Foster, actor David Frankham and special effects artist Jerry Chin will give presentations.

A "Space Jam Dance" kicks off 8 p.m. April 19 at the college gym, and stargazing with the Prescott Astronomy Club will take place at the campus' sculpture garden 8 p.m. April 20. Other attractions include a robotics club and a gamers' corner.

Films will be screened at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on the Yavapai College campus, while featured speakers will give talks in Building 4. Visit www.prescottfilmfestival.com for times.

Foster - a renowned and prolific sci-fi author who lives in Prescott - will be on hand April 21 to discuss his 1978 "Star Wars" novel "Splinter of the Mind's Eye," the first novel to be written after the release of the original "Star Wars" film in 1977.

Frankham will discuss his experience playing Enterprise starship designer Larry Marvick on the "Star Trek" episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty." Frankham also appeared in "The Outer Limits," "Tales of Terror," the Vincent Price film "Return of the Fly" and more.

He recounted his first day on the set of "Star Trek."

"As (actress) Diana Muldaur and I walked on the set that morning, I remember George Takei coming up to us with his hand outstretched saying, 'Welcome aboard the Enterprise,' Frankham relayed. "A few moments, later we saw Gene Roddenberry huddling with the cast and crew. He was apparently breaking the news to them the series wasn't going to be renewed. There was a lot of doom and gloom right after that, of course."

These days, Frankham is promoting his new book, "Which One Was David."

Chin will present a workshop based on his experience working in the special effects department on "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."

The workshops are free and open to the public.

Prescott Film Festival Executive Director Helen Stephenson said the idea for the mini-fest came about as festival organizers and Yavapai College representatives looked at events that might find appeal in the tri-city area.

"We decided to do Oscar Month, so we did Oscar-nominated films all through February and had an Oscar party and that was really successful," Stephenson said. "The (Sci-Fi Mini-Fest) is another one of our experiments to see if we can get a niche market."






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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: DALEKS ALWAYS

prefer Vogon poetry.

Welcome to town Trekkies!


Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Chapman

What a small world. That would be logical. Steve

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: bob grant

Best line from spock in the movie about the whales."Its arrogant to belive that when aliens come to earth that they will be coming to talk with humans " paraphrasing sorry.

And as for Deeply disturbing I hope you are joking,if not WOW!!!
But of course anything the encourages science must scare You !!


Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Inspired by D B an offering that touched me from an episode of TOS.

"There's only one kind of woman - Or man, for that matter - You either believe in yourself, or you don't."


Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck Roberts

Trekkies unite. Go have fun!

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: B. Smith

This is great! Forbidden Planet is one of the best movies ever made! I saw one of them tin can fellars in back yard one night! I hear the google pads were inspired by the Star Trek! Alright! Go future!

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: J.T. Kirk

Deeply Disturbing is right. We need to ban all fantasy based literature and ideas from our youth. This includes religious fantasy and Sunday morning "entertainment".

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Nerds Rule - Deal With It

The people enjoying the Sci-Fi fest won't be NEARLY as weird most of those who are commenting on this article. Even if aliens land in Prescott that weekend, they won't be as weird as this bunch. This event will be a lot of smart fun and I'm looking forward to it!

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: D B

@ Deeply disturbed. First, I really hope you are being sarcastic. The psychological effects you are describing are attributed to blatant and unnecessary violence and disrespect for life. None of the three "sci-fi" (I'd hardly call HP sci-fi lol) enterprises you mentioned fall under those terms. All three have valuable lessons about friendship, determination, and tolerance in them. Not to mention characters that I, for one, would be thrilled if my daughters turned out like them. Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasly, Captain Janeway...these are women of character, strength, determination, and self reliance. Exactly what I hope for my children. People like that better the world, not detract from it. None of the enterprises you mentioned glorify or even mention really any substance abuse of any kind. Please educate yourself and/or experience these things for yourself before you speak about them. It's clear you have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Roberts

I think "Deeply Disturbing" mis-typed their name. It was supposed to be "Deeply Disturbed."


Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

May I suggest a pilot before full implementation Lets Do. We place Steven Hawking in an enclosure with 42 sleeping bears of various size and specie. Steven's task: awaken the bears while we document the interactions. Certainly such data would allow us to better communicate with the black holes on at least a primal level of conscientiousness. I believe said project could be completely funded as a Pay-Per-View.

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Tony Viada

@ Deeply Disturbing

I think you need to change that to Deeply Disturbed.
Your's was one of the least informed comments I have ever read.


Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Fisch

This is terrific! Finally something really interesting in Prescott! I wouldn't worry about the complainers on here. If they have the time to complain about EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE THE COURIER PUTS UP! then in a few hours or so they'll turn their attention to some political crap or something to do with money and all will be well. Live long and prosper, friends.

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: BEST SCI FI Comedy EVER

Anyone that has missed the movie Galaxy Quest should take this opportunity. It is a CLASSIC and deserves to be seen!!

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Turner

@ Deeply Disturbing..... you kinda need to chill out. For real. Wow.

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: intelligent life form

@ Deeply Disturbing... You must be deeply disturbed!

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Chapman

What's that little critter on Alan's neck? Best part of the photo is missing. Ha! Steve

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Deeply Disturbing

This event coming to Prescott is not a good thing, and I urge people to speak out. There are numerous psychological studies that show that fantasy/science-fiction movies, books, games, and so on have strong adverse effects on the minds of our youth. Science fiction purveyors encourage young people to use their imaginations to the limit, and when this occurs, crime, drugs, and juvenile delinquency soon follow. Look it up. Very few kids would be going astray if it weren't for things like Star Trek, transformers, harry potter, and so on. I urge every parent to speak out against this form of so called "entertainment" coming to our hometown. Your kids' future may depend on it.

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: I think

that Let's Do This Instead is stoned

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Great, let's call it Nerdstock...

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Article comment by: Lets Do This Instead

This is an interesting article, And your going to talk about extraterrestrial life. With the age of the universe, And with all the stars dying off and going super nova creating black holes. And this happen before we were here. There could be thousands, millions of black holes in our galaxy.I believe we May have many black holes surrounding our solar system, Beyond Pluto. They could be around the size of a marble and weigh a few hundred thousand times the weight
of planet Earth. I asked a few smart people in Prescott, If they believe that black holes are smart.That black holes are intelligent.They said nope,no way.Well, I'm going to make a profound statement here.Just the way the universe is set up, And just the way the universe works, My statement is, Perhaps All things are possible within our universe. If that statement is true,Then perhaps black holes have intelligence.Black holes can't see us,They have no eyes.Black holes can't hear us,They have no ears.But perhaps if we build a very large transmitter working on the right frequencies, We can try and make contact with black holes....Lets try and wake them up........




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