As a fan of film and an interested party in the world of fandom, my interest in documentaries about fans and their obsessions will never dwindle. It’s an interest that has led me down some strange paths before, but none that I regret taking. Except that one time when when I saw that “Gonzo” documentary. It was not about Hunter S. Thompson, nor was it about my favorite Muppet.
Today we got a tip from the folks at Rope of Silicon about a new documentary that chronicles a journey into the world of Star Trek fandom, something I’m relatively familiar with as a fan of the original series (though to be honest, my interest tapers off past the days of Shatner and Nimoy). It’s not just about the fans though, it’s about the journey of a man, Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, venturing into the world his father created. In order to do so, he must dive into a heated world of fans that he has avoided his entire life.
Based on the trailer, Trek Nation — which is directed by Scott Colthorp — looks like a very loving road movie about a man trying to understand his now deceased father. It is also a rare opportunity to talk Trek with some very famous people, including the likes of George Lucas, J.J. Abrams and others. It looks beyond interesting — perhaps interesting in a way that no documentary has done before.
But enough bad puns. Check out the trailer below and the film’s website TrekNationMovie.com. It’s still looking for distribution, but if this trailer is any indication of the film’s quality, I’m sure someone will pick it up soon enough.