For Star Trek fans who’d like to spend the upcoming weekend doing something besides decimating their entire life savings in preparation for holiday gift-giving glut, a suggestion:
American Cinematheque and TrekMovie.com are hosting a Star Trek marathon at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, CA this coming Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. What’s on tap? A screening of J.J. Abrams’ remake, a screening of the cult classic fanboy flick “Free Enterprise” and a panel featuring its creators and cast, a triple feature of Star Trek II, III and IV, and a panel featuring writer/director Nicholas Meyer (who had a hand in II, IV and VI). Your gallant guides to this weekend of wonderment will be Geek Month’s Jeff Bond and TrekMovie.com’s Anthony Pascale. Naturally there will be goodies to give away, and you never know which additional guests might decide to pop in……
Rob Burnett (director, co-writer and editor of “Free Enterprise”) promises that his screening will feature the original festival cut of the film, which hasn’t been seen in ten years. And while Burnett is no fan of the Abrams remake, he points out that the three Genesis films featured on Saturday are essentially “sequels to the J.J. Abrams Star Trek, because they would take place afterwards.” (Bonus for those of you too impatient to wait for the 2011 chapter of Abrams’ version!)
At only $10 for each evening’s full torrent of Trek-ness, this could make for one hell of an early stocking stuffer for the fan on your holiday list. Online tickets are now available at Fandango.com. (If you have trouble with the link, find the Aero Theatre via zipcode 90403 on Fandango, and select the dates for the festival.)
For those who can’t attend, you can still enjoy a heapin’ helpin’ of holiday Trek treats from the comfort of your own home-based bridge. Starting December 16th, Comcast’s On Demand will be making every official Star Trek movie ever made available for viewing – and re-viewing! And, in case you aren’t fluent in Klingon or wouldn’t know a Tribble if it were to spawn in your lap and bury you in an avalanche of its offspring, have no fear: Fancast is preparing a guide to the filmed franchise to help guide you through the fray of fatal phasers, bad ass borgs and the wonder of warp speed. Watch this space next week for the ultimate in Trek flick facilitation.
And, as always, you can imbibe in the glory of the original series that started it all right here on Fancast.