PRESENTING Our First Film Documentary
... and you can help!
Back when there was only one STAR TREK… only one storied cast … and a fandom not yet the juggernaut of pop culture … came the ULTIMATE FANTASY.
It was supposed to be the granddaddy of all Star Trek conventions — and wound up as the mother of all meltdowns.
Take a look at this sneak-peek pre-teaser from early footage, and I'll help:
This one weekend in June 1982 saw the rise, and fall, and rise again of a dream, wrapped up in one of our most retro-cool moments in film history: How one ambitious Houston fan and his band of friends sold the dream—the first-ever, all-cast Star Trek extravaganza ... complete with laser shows, orchestral hoopla and a revolving arena stage—and then just failed to sell the tickets.
Or ... was it really that simple?
It's a car wreck of a story about a mysterious "sellout" status told to would-be ticket buyers ... con staff who go into shock when the truth is revealed ... fans wrongly kicked out of their hotel rooms ... dealers who "pass the hat" to keep the doors open ... the incredible "burning planet" ... and the unsuspecting Hollywood veterans who walk into this PR nightmare.
And it’s also a personal story: my first coming-of-age con road trip—and I'm thrilled, after all this time, to preserve it for the ages in my first film project, "THE CON OF WRATH." (Best of all, the title is a gimme: that's really what fans were already calling it by weekend's end ... just a couple weeks after the smash debut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.)
We're going to go back to where it all began and grab all the orignal crew right there in Houston who built the dream, saw it implode—in somes cases, literally!—and then did their damnedest to carry it out anyway. We'll be back onsite at the old Shamrock Hilton Convdention Center and the onetime Summit arena ... and round up tales of hope and horrror from as many volunteers, dealers, hotel vendors and of course attendees as possible.
Of course, the Hollywood contingent had their own heroics, and so far producer HARVE BENNETT, WALTER “CHEKOV” KOENIG, and WENDE DOOHAN ("Scotty"/Jimmy's widow) are aboard—and more to come—to help recount their own disaster in all its glory.
It's a very produceable project with a modest budget, and my editor David Dobson and cameraman Neal Hallford are as excited as I am. Acclaimed artist and longtime freind Kevin Hopkins has already designed the graphic logos. We began filming in 2011, and as a "weekend project" we have no tight deadline but hope to finish in 2-3 years...
...especially if we have one last piece of the puzzle: YOU!
Were YOU There?
Are you a survivor of "The Con of Wrath"?
Do you have pics or even video to share?
Hey, we'll accept your vivid memories, too... so stay tuned: we'll be announcing soon how you can record your own tale and submit it for inclusion.
At the same time, you can also submit any photos or video you have from The Ultimate Fantasy, as well—it all deserves to be part of the record. If you make the cut, you're in! And your place in one of fandom's most infamous moments will be assured.
(Details coming soon!).
Donate to the Cause, and Take Some Credit!
We're being modest with our budget, but the needs of road and air travel, expenses and even minimum post-production zazzle do add up. That's why we'll be raising $10,000 for the Production phase, to get it all on camera—and asking Treklanders everywhere to help make THE CON OF WRATH a reality. Maybe you've even seen our bonus "Meetup/Fundraiser" events after-hours at conventions in 2012... or coming to one near you.
Can you help bring this saga to the screen with a gift of $10 or $25—or more, all the way up to $2,500? As a thank-you, check out THE CON OF WRATH swag package for each of eight levels of giving. These are minimums, of course: You can donate any amount. And each premium gift features Kevin's cool "The Con of Wrath" graphic logo, where appropriate.
Plus: ALL DONORS WILL ALSO GET A SCREEN CREDIT!
You've heard my Trek stories and read my research all these years, so you know I love this stuff—and that you can donate with confidence. We're excited that the bizarre story of THE CON OF WRATH will finally be told—and we're confident it will truly be The Human Adventure, so much more than just a retelling of events. Won't you help preserve this crazy corner of Trek history, and let us Make it So?