Documentaries explore world of ‘Trekkies’

RENEE LAWRENCE Published: June 26, 2009
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/> Crosby said she got the idea to make the documentaries after attending fan conventions, and she became more interested in the fans than they were in her. She wanted to "flip the camera around.”

She teamed with friend and director Roger Nygard to make the films, which show the extremes of fandom, from a Florida dentist whose office has a "Star Trek” theme to 14-year-old Gabriel Koerner, who created special effects on his computer and has since become a movie and television digital effects artist.

Koerner’s work can be seen in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film "Shutter Island.” Crosby said she and Koerner have kept in touch over the years.

Then there’s the Minnesota man who re-creates "Star Trek” devices and technology, resulting in hilarious footage of his driving a motorized Capt. Pike box beside a busy street as cars whiz by.

"When Roger came back and he showed me, I fell on the floor laughing, I mean dying of laughter. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. This is the funniest damn thing I’ve ever seen,’” Crosby said.

Crosby said following the popularity of the new "Star Trek” film, she’s hoping to make a "Trekkies 3” that will touch on the new film and its actors and fans as well as visit places not covered by the previous films.

"Our intention was always to make a ‘3,’ to have a triple box set. And there are areas I still want to go to. ‘Trekkies 1’ was domestic and ‘Trekkies 2’ we went global, but we didn’t get everywhere,” she said.

"And I’m curious still, to make it a full circle about Asia, Africa and India, like what’s going on there. Sort of our ‘Lost in Translation’ version of ‘Trekkies.’”


Boy Scouts charity breakfast
What: Benefit for the Boys Scouts of America. Denise Crosby and test astronaut Charlie Dry will be guest speakers.

When: 8 a.m. Sunday.

Where: John Q. Hammons Union Multipurpose Activity Center, Redskin Room.

Tickets: $25.

Information: (918) 369-0650 or trekexpo.net.

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