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Post by Psia » 03/02/17

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If you know our us, we don’t typically cover fundraiser campaigns – but with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Behr’s previously-announced documentary on the acclaimed series, we’re excited to see what the team is putting together and wanted to spread the word!

First announced back in August, “What We Left Behind” has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to help with both post-production costs and licensing fees required to allow Deep Space Nine photo and video content to be included in the documentary project, similar to 455 Films’ previous Trek-related documentary, the Leonard Nimoy biopic For the Love of Spock.

From the Indiegogo Campaign page:
  • Our documentary film, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will take a detailed look at this historic series and consider the reasons Deep Space Nine went from a family outcast to a Star Trek mainstay. The film will also contain a “what if” segment in which the original writers brainstorm a theoretical 8th season of the show.

    Spearheaded by original show-runner Ira Steven Behr, directed by Adam Nimoy (For the Love of Spock), and with a handful of key interviews already ‘in the bag,’ the #DS9Doc now needs YOUR HELP to reach completion by finishing filming, editing, and post-production.
    As an independent film team without the same resources of a large movie studio, we are counting on the support of fellow DS9 fans to take part and show their interest by helping to complete and release the film, and receiving valuable perks and rewards in return.

    Filmmaking is an expensive venture, and while many of our team members and cast have already generously offered much of their own time (and money!) into the filming of the documentary, the post-production phase is a lengthy and technical process involving many aspects which we simply don’t have the ability to fund without outside help.

    Our goal of (just under) $150,000 is the minimum we’ve calculated necessary to complete post-production, license all necessary music and footage, and release a high-caliber film. However, further funding will allow us to do more and release more exclusive rewards just for you, the backers (keep an eye out for our STRETCH GOALS, coming soon!).
The initial fundraising goal is just under $150,000 USD, and there are a variety of reward packages available to donors, based on contribution amounts, including special screenings, Blu-ray and DVD copies of the documentary, and other items.

Based on the Indigogo campaign page, What We Left Behind appears to be targeted for release in early 2018. As more information becomes available, we’ll continue to update you here on this exciting Deep Space Nine retrospective project!
FEB. 10 UPDATE: The “What We Left Behind” campaign has hit its original $150,000 goal in less than 48 hours – and has now published expanded “stretch” goals at the $250k, $350k, $425k, and $500k levels to expand the production and scope of the documentary project.
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Who IS that masked man?!? :P

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The Indiegogo campaign launched last month to support the making of the documentary What We Left Behind: A Look Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has been - and continues to be - a massive success. Already, the campaign has blasted past its initial fundraising goal, as well as past two stretch goals, which will result in an extension of the running time from an hour to at least 90 minutes, additional 3D graphics and animation, an original score with a live orchestra and an extended writers' room feature. Now at $400,000 and counting, the next stretch goals are $425,000 and $500,000. Check out an amusing new video - featuring Ira Steven Behr and a mystery man identified only as Mr. F. - just released by the What We Left Behind team.

As previously reported, What We Left Behind: A Look Back At Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will delve deep into DS9's past and look forward as well, via a writers' room session devoted to an imaginary eighth season. Adam Nimoy is on board as director, with David Zappone/455 Films producing. Producer/showrunner Behr leads fourteen Deep Space Nine actors that are committed to the project.

Contributors can select from a wide variety of perks, including DS9 pin sets, Blu-ray/DVD combo packs, screen credits, NY and LA screening packages, and more.
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Post by Tregarde » 03/12/17

Both Terry Farrel and Nana Visitor thought the best couple should have been Dax and Kira?

I'd have been on board for that.

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Let us not forget Bashir and Garak! :)
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Post by Psia » 04/26/17

Fan Film Factor has posted a recorded, audio interview with Steven Ira Behr.
Last year, Justin Lin and J.J. Abrams both went on record as being supportive of Star Trek fan films and that the fans should be encouraged to make them. A month later, CBS and Paramount issued a set of fan film guidelines that shocked many fans and angered others with their restrictions on length, shutdown of continuing fan series, and moratorium on participation by anyone who had previously worked on any studio-authorized Star Trek project…from movie and TV series to video games and even package design.

On the one hand, it was nice to finally have a set of guidelines that clearly defined what the fans would be allowed to produce without the fear of getting sued. On the other hand, a good number of fans familiar with fan productions felt that certain of the guidelines (like the ones I just listed) had overshot the mark, landing in a place of being too constraining and unnecessarily Draconian.

However, unlike a year ago when big names like Abrams and Lin spoke out on the fan film issue, no major names in the world of Star Trek have commented on the new guidelines other than John Van Citters (who was one of the people responsible for writing them).

But now that has changed, as I was able to interview Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Executive Producer STEVEN IRA BEHR and ask him directly, on the record, how he felt about the guidelines. Granted, I don’t expect Ira to rush out and rally for the guidelines to be revised and loosened. But I was curious if we fans who feel so negatively toward some of these guidelines are justified in feeling that way or not. Would Ira agree with us….or would he think that we’re just being petulant (or crazy!) to have any problems with these reasonable studio rules? You can find out below…

And for anyone curious how a small-time blogger managed to score an interview with Ira Behr and get him to speak on the record, I donated to the Indiegogo campaign for his Deep Space Nine documentary “What We Left Behind,” which blew through its initial $150,000 goal to reach nearly $650,000! (Click on the above link to learn more about this exciting project.)

The perk I donated for was a 10-minute call with Ira Behr where I could ask him anything. I cleared with his assistant beforehand that I’d be able to record the call and post it on my blog site, and last week, we spoke for more than 15 minutes. It was a really great conversation.

And here’s what we talked about…
http://fanfilmfactor.com/2017/04/26/ds9 ... interview/
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So January 3rd marks the official 25th anniversary for Deep Space Nine. I'm really looking forward to the documentary when they finish it.
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Dunno if this would come up at all in the documentary. But check this out?!?
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Post by Psia » 08/22/18

https://comicbook.com/startrek/amp/2018 ... al-ending/

I'm not that handy with my mobile. Do click the link, read the item, and comment.

As much as I enjoy the earlier story referenced, I have to back Berman in his rejecting Behr's idea. Would it have made good drama? Sure. Would it have angered and confused the fan base? Yes. Might it have killed future productions? Most assuredly. The name, Ira Behr, would never be spoken again.

I'm pleased this never came to pass.
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Post by Tregarde » 08/23/18

Yeeeeaaah... that may be a fun 'what if', but it would have been a horrible way to actually end the series.

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Post by Psia » 12/12/18

I recommend reading this. I gotta admit that Behr hit the nail on the head in this interview. With the very first question. I gotta wonder just how far this concept is planned to go? Beyond the the actual documentary presentation of this Season 8?

https://blacksci-fi.com/star-trek-deep- ... mett-till/

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Documentary Producers Discuss the USS Emmett Till
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) stands as a testament to some of the best sci-fi storytelling that has ever been produced. The series ran for 7 seasons and is considered by some Trek fans (including this very writer) as the best Star Trek series ever created. During its run, the show dealt with issues of religious faith, bigotry, racism, wartime PTSD, and a host of other topics. DS9 has gone on to live through such iterations as comic books, novels, and even an MMORPG. Fortunately though, due to a successful Indiegogo campaign held in 2017, DS9 will be getting its very own documentary very, very soon titled What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

From the documentary’s website, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will take a detailed look at this historic series and consider the reasons Deep Space Nine went from a family outcast to a Star Trek mainstay. The film will also contain a “what if” segment in which the original writers brainstorm a theoretical 8th season of the show.

As a part of the “season 8”, it was announced that a new starship, titled the USS Emmett Till would enter the Star Trek canon. Designed by famed starship designer John Eaves, the ship would be captained by Captain Ezri Dax, a character introduced during the later seasons of DS9, portrayed by Nicole de Boer. For those unfamiliar with the case of Emmett Till, Till was a 14-year-old African American teen from Chicago, IL who was murdered/ lynched when visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi in August of 1955. In a case that was strongly reflective of the Jim Crow South/ domestic terrorism riddled USA of the time, when Till was accused of “whistling” at a white woman (which she later stated was a lie years later in 2008), he was kidnapped, tortured, then murdered days afterward by the woman’s husband and his half-brother.

The murder of Till was an act that some say was one of the many catalysts for the Civil Rights Movement, but for this writer, it was a cautionary tale relayed by relatives in my hometown of Chicago, even as a young kid in the 1990’s. A lesson that taught us that “this is what they’ll do to you”, for the simple “offense” of being a breathing black person in America. So I was beyond surprised when I saw the announcement about the naming of a Federation starship after Till.

Star Trek has a long history of naming their ships after historical individuals of note, but for me this was an extremely noteworthy occurrence. So I reached out to the filmmakers of the documentary to expand more on why this was done, noting the significance of Till’s memory for individuals like myself. Through an emailed interview, the documentary’s executive producer/ co-director Ira Steven Behr (who also served as executive producer of DS9) and producer Kai de Mello-Folsom expanded further on the naming of the ship.

BlackSci-Fi.com: I’ll come right out and ask: why Emmett Till?

Ira Steven Behr: Hopefully if we ever do reach some approximation of the Gene Roddenberry paradisal 24th century that question would never have to be asked. It seems to me that in order to reach a complete and healthy society we need to do two things:
  • 1. The historical record is broken and needs to be fixed. There’s lots of information floating around, but very little context. The past is no longer even prologue, it’s pretty much ignored.
  • 2. We have to own our mistakes, our failures. Again, it seems to me that unless we recognize and remember our mistakes, embrace them, we are doomed to repeat them over and over and over again. Say hello to the 21st century.
So, if I’m living on Federation earth 300 years from now it would make me feel good to know that as Starfleet sails among the stars Emmett Till is sailing along with them. He is remembered. We own his story. He is part of our journey.


BSF: Growing up as a black kid from Southside Chicago, even as a child of the ’80s, Till’ story was told to my brother and me as a cautionary tale about racism, and to put it bluntly, white privilege. I wanted to ask, how did you first learn about the Emmett Till case? What effect did his story, and others like his, have on you?

ISB: Well that goes back a way. I can’t say exactly say with absolute certainty when I first heard about Emmett Till. I do know this, when I was ten my sister turned me on to Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A Changing album. There were two songs on that album that awakened me in a visceral way to the civil rights movement; The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and Only Pawn in Their Game (about the murder of Medgar Evers). I figure around then I probably first heard of Emmett Till. Oddly enough Dylan had recorded a song about Emmett Till but it never made it onto one of his albums until many years later so I doubt I heard it back then. Anyway, that’s the best I can do.


BSF: DS9 is one of the many examples of Gene Roddenberry’s goal to provide a more inclusive sci-fi experience for the world, while also reflecting the best to what humanity could aspire to (even with its foibles). How do you feel that has DS9 continued this ideal onward or carried the torch so to speak?

ISB: I grew up in the Bronx. I used to joke that Deep Space Nine was all about the Bronx. So I guess I helped bring the Bronx into Gene’s 24th Century, and that made the torch burn that much brighter.


BSF: We live in an age of toxic fan culture, and the “Make America Great Again” movement. Even recent updates to the Star Trek mythos (like the casting of the first lead woman of color in a Star Trek franchise or providing Trek with more LGBTQ representation) have met with backlash. What do you say in response to those people who might have similar issues with naming this ship after a Civil Rights icon like Till?

ISB: I have a lot of respect for Star Trek fans but when it comes to the work I can’t think about their reactions. We had a ship to name. It wasn’t a big discussion. I had three initial ideas, Medgar Evers, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and Emmett Till. I also thought of Wounded Knee as a possible name but it seemed a bit less clear (are we talking 1890 or 1973 or both?). Anyway, Emmett Till seemed like a no-brainer to me. That kid deserves his place among the stars.


BSF: Now let’s get a little bit into the nuts and bolts for the Starfleet Engineering Corp geeks. 😊 Can you talk a little bit about the process of the creation of the USS Emmett Till, some of the ship’s specs, and how John Eaves came up with the design?

ISB: Here’s where I let you down, big time. I am not a shipster (is that even a word?). I named it, John [Eaves] designed it with minimal input from me.


BSF: What part does the ship play in season 8 for the series? Are the ship’s crew cognizant of the significance of the meaning of the ship’s namesake, and how would you say they treat such meaning?

Kai de Mello-Folsom: The U.S.S. Emmett Till is introduced in our theoretical episode one of Deep Space Nine Season 8 as Captain Ezri Dax’s ship, twenty years on from the events of the show’s finale. Without giving away any spoilers, I can say that it is just a small – but important – part of the larger story bringing our characters back together.

In the context of the documentary, we only have time for broad-strokes of the writers’ ideas for a new season, but Ira and our team have discussed a vibrant back-story for this diplomatic ship which we hope to release further with Eaglemoss’ upcoming collectible model and a potential longer Writers’ Room for Season 8.

BSF: Can you give our readers an update on What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and what they can look forward to? Is there an official release date?

KMF: We were thrilled to share an early preview of What We Left Behind with crowdfunding supporters and fans last month in Los Angeles, New York, and at the Destination Star Trek: Birmingham UK convention. We are currently putting the final touches on the film, including completing remastering of the original show footage for the first time in High Definition, completing color and sound design, and preparing the film for wider release.

While we are still currently in talks with distributors and are not yet ready to share full details for the release, we are hoping to finalize and announce this soon. In the meantime, pre-orders of our DVD/Blu-Ray combo packs are available through our website at www.ds9documentary.com. We encourage fans to follow us on our social media sites to find out more information on the release, coming very soon!


BSF: Lastly, will we get Avery Brooks in the documentary? I had to ask, considering he portrayed the greatest Starfleet Captain ever, and his significance for our readers.

KMF: We’re lucky to have had the friendship of Mr. Avery Brooks during the production of the film. When we asked him to appear in a new interview, he declined for personal reasons, suggesting that he feels he’s said all he needed to about the series previously in interviews and that he would prefer to let the work stand for itself. We’ve been grateful to have his input in many forms, including the original inspiration for our mythical Season 8, and have included him in archival interviews and appearances throughout the film. He continues to be a presence, an inspiration, and OUR captain.
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Wow. This lit up the Trek news sites.

https://deadline.com/2019/03/star-trek- ... 1202574537
Shout! Studios has just acquired worldwide rights to the new Star Trek feature documentary What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Shout! plans to release it across multiple platforms including theatrical by year’s end.

The in-depth retrospective approaches the edgy Deep Space Nine as the most-misunderstood of the franchises that have flown under the banner of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek brand. When it premiered in January 1993 as a spinoff of Star Trek: The Next Generation, many devoted Trek fans thought the show flouted Roddenberry’s overarching vision of humanity’s noble and united future in the age of interstellar exploration.

The syndicated Deep Space Nine (created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller) eventually won fans over and endured for 176 episodes over seven seasons with its chronicle of a space station that is (not unlike Casablanca in the classic film) a place of intrigue, desperation, diplomacy, politics and profiteering.

The documentary is co-directed by Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr and For the Love of Spock filmmaker David Zappone and includes extensive new interviews with the cast and crew of Deep Space Nine.

Deep Space Nine didn’t have the natural story propulsion of an exploration starship on an ongoing mission, but the static setting of a space station orbiting the planet Bajor did have a deep ensemble cast on board: Avery Brooks, René Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Colm Meaney, Michael Dorn, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig and Nana Visitor to name some.

More than a reflective project, What We Left Behind offers a glimpse into an alternate universe where Deep Space Nine is ramping up to its eighth-season premiere. That’s because the reunited writers of the original series are spotlighted as they craft a brand-new episode, developing what would be the Season 8 premiere if the show were to return to the air today.

A production of 455 Films and Tuxedo Productions, What We Left Behind is directed by Ira Steven Behr and David Zappone, executive produced by David Zappone, and produced by Ira Steven Behr, Kai de Mello-Folsom, Joseph Kornbrodt and Luke Snailham with additional production services from the New York Film Academy and 455 Films’ Kevin & Helene Layne.

“Deep Space Nine has a passionate fanbase—as shown by the successful crowdfunding campaign that brought this movie to life—and we’re thrilled share their love of and dedication to the show by bringing the What We Left Behind to an even wider audience,” said Michael Ribas, VP Marketing at Shout! Studios.
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An excerpt from a blog on the topic of SHOUT!

https://fanfilmfactor.com/2019/03/14/de ... -by-shout/
Founded back in 2003, SHOUT! began as the Shout! Factory and has grown and expanded ever since—first by looking for forgotten cult classics (anyone remember Freaks and Geeks or SCTV?) and acquiring the rights to them. Later, they’d produce special editions of the originalTransformers and G.I. Joe cartoons.

By 2010, they were partnering with legendary horror film creator Roger Corman to release dozens of his films under the brand Roger Corman’s Cult Classics. They also began developing their own content by licensing from Marvel a series of “motion comics,” including Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, Black Panther, and Astonishing X-Men.

The next couple of years saw SHOUT! continue to acquire classics like R0ute 66 and many of the 1990’s Nickelodeon children’s series. By 2012, they launched their first branded imprint for iconic cult horror films: Scream Factory. They also began producing their own original multi-platform titles: the horror-comedy Cockneys Vs. Zombies and the animated family film A Monster In Paris.

By 2014, Shout! was off to the races, acquiring the rights to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and remastering all of the episodes for both Blu-ray and streaming on Netflix. Yep, Netflix.

When fans crowd-funded an entire season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with a $6.5 million Kickstarter, SHOUT! was there as a partner and, two years later, would get Netflix to pick MST3K up as a series. SHOUT! launched its own streaming service called SHOUT! Factory TV, a SHOUT! Kids imprint, and in 2017 opened SHOUT! Studios to be their distribution and production arm.

And it’s SHOUT! Studios that just picked up What We Left Behind. They’re planning to release the documentary on multiple platforms before the end of the year…including on theater screens. It’s HUGE news!

This bodes very well for the future of not just the documentary but also hopes of convincing CBS to change their minds and actually fund a digital remastering for DS9. I’ll let Ira Behr explain…

A bigger release means a bigger audience. And a bigger audience means more people talking about DEEP SPACE NINE. And, of course, more people talking about Deep Space nine is a great thing!

If CBS Studios is to ever make the huge leap to remaster the full series of DS9, they’re going to want to see that there is an audience, and a market for this large undertaking. We’ve already sparked their attention through this campaign, and the bigger splash we can make, the better message we can send that Deep Space Nine is still just as relevant today (if not more!) as it was when it first aired.


Also, having SHOUT! on board means more resources to finish production, and that means a faster release, although Ira wasn’t sharing any hard dates yet (probably because they’re still figuring everything out in terms of workload and schedule). But plans seem very solid to get the documentary out during the current calendar year.
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Post by Duvessa » 03/18/19

As a backer, this is what I got:
So, what does this mean for you?

After all, you've already been promised a copy of the film back during the campaign. Some of you may even have been lucky enough to see our early previews in LA, NYC or the UK. Distribution doesn't make a difference to you -- right? Well as Joe muses in his video update above, it's all positive news for us, AND for you.

Firstly, it means we're nearing a final release date. We're not allowed to give any more details just yet, but plans are in place to stream the film for you sooner than you might expect.

Secondly, it means a bigger release, and more opportunities for you. And a bigger release means a bigger audience. And a bigger audience means more people talking about DEEP SPACE NINE. And, of course, more people talking about Deep Space nine is a great thing!

If CBS Studios is to ever make the huge leap to remaster the full series of DS9, they're going to want to see that there is an audience, and a market for this large undertaking. We've already sparked their attention through this campaign, and the bigger splash we can make, the better message we can send that Deep Space Nine is still just as relevant today (if not more!) as it was when it first aired.

We hope you'll continue to drive the excitement with your friends and family over the show, and this film, and follow along with us in this final stretch as we head towards the finish.

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