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One of the things we are contemplating for the Model Show this year is a six hour build on Friday. You bring your tools, paint, supplies, and imagination. We provide the kit. Interested?
We’ve done everything we can think of to promote the the Model Show in the past. This year, we’re doing something a little different. For every model you bring in, you will get a chance to win a Polar Lights 1:350 USS Enterprise kit! For every modeling event you participate in, you get another chance! Bring in a flyer for yet another chance!
Star Trek: Renegades
Take part in bringing Star Trek
to broadcast TV
The producers of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men have announced that they are currently looking for investors for their next movie, Star Trek Renegades. They are using Kickstarter for the campaign and hope to be able to produce a pilot to sell to CBS for a new weekly episodic Star Trek show.
They have already signed on a lot of Trek veterans and the pilot will be directed by Tim Russ (Voyager). Right now they are looking for some help, and like all Kickstarter programs, there are incentives for you as well. We suggest you head on over to their Kickstarter Campaign and check it out!
Karl Southcott is a local collector of models. Specifically, he commissions subjects for his collection. This year, he is bringing some of his collection to display at the Model Show. Among the artisans whom Karl has commissioned are Starfest Master Modeler Brad Dillon, Starfest Master Modeler and hands-on modeling coordinator Tom Grossman, and Starfest regular Steve Carricato.
Karl will be in the Model Show room on Saturday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to chat about his collection.
Damar of Star Trek DS9
Casey Biggs has received his greatest acclaim for his extensive stage work. A Juilliard graduate, he performed with John Houseman’s prestigious performance troupe and toured throughout America and Europe. He was a member of the original cast of the musical The Cradle Will Rock. He was also a member of The Acting Company and the famed Arena Stage in Washington D.C. It was in D.C. that he received notable acclaim for his performance as Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey.
Casey has been nominated five times for the Helen Hayes Award for his work at Arena Stage, with a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Residence Play for his role in Long Days Journey into Night.
Star Trek fans will know him for his role as Damar in the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Biggs believed the small, two-line part would be a simple one-shot guest role, but based on his acting, he was asked back to expand on the role and became Gul Dukat’s right hand man throughout the series’ run.
Casey enjoys meeting fans of his Star Trek work, but is always anxious to expose those people to the thrill of live performance. He will be doing so at his Friday night play with his good friends Jeffrey Combs and Marc Alaimo.
Mr. Biggs will be attending the Friday Night Meet & Greet and be available to talk to people throughout the weekend at his Autograph and Photo Sessions. His Q&A session will be held on Sunday, April 17th.
Novellist, Programmer, Would be murderer?
When not slaving away within the sterile environs of a drab gray cubicle, one of millions that populate the deep dark recesses of Corporate America, Dayton spends his evenings and weekends in pursuit of a pseudo-second career: writing. His first career being a software developer for a big greedy company.
Before he got into writing, and involved with Corporate America, Dayton spent the first eleven years of his post-high school life serving in the United States Marine Corps. He jokes that his most traumatic experience since then has been having to coordinate his own clothes.
"After all, the private sector tends to look at you funny when you wear the same thing to work everyday. And for some reason, a lot of companies discourage camouflage in their dress codes. Go figure."
He credits his interest in writing to being a Star Trek fan.
"I’ve been a follower of the show since the womb, I’m told. My earliest memories of watching television involve Captain Kirk and company. Though I’m too young to have seen the show during its original run, I grew up on the reruns."
Reading various books over the years, Dayton decided that it would be fun to write a story of his own. He started by writing fan fiction, taking correspondence writing courses and attending the odd writing seminar. However, it wasn’t until Pocket Books announced their first Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contest, that he decided to take a stab at the big time. He credits his good pal Deebz for giving him the push to enter the contest.
Dayton often collaborates with Kevin Dilmore on various Star Trek projects. His most recent tales include: Paths of Disharmony – Star Trek: Typhon Pact (Feb 2011), A Batman for All Ages (Feb 2011), Counter-Protest (Oct 2010), Into the Abyss – Full-Throttle Space Tales #4: Space Horrors (Oct 2010), What’s Past – Star Trek: Corps of Engineers (Aug 2010 w/Dilmore), Counterstrike: The Last World War, Book II (May 2010), and The First Peer – Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins (Mar 2010 w/Dilmore).
Mr. Ward also contributes to the ForgottenFlix.com and Tor.com websites. This year he released How to Write With Your Best Friend and Not Kill Each Other, which seems to be a work of non-fiction at this point.
Actor, Director, let’s just say it — He’s #1
In 1987 it took Jonathan Frakes six weeks and seven auditions to win the role of Commander William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. That might seem like a lot of work for a pilot episode, but that six weeks led to a long and productive run on one of television’s most loved and revered shows. The hard work during the seven years of Star Trek: The Next Generation gave him valuable experience as both an actor and director.
Frakes reprised his Riker role on the Star Trek spin-offs Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. However, not content to stay on the lens side of the camera, Frakes jumped at the opportunity (on Star Trek: TNG) to step behind the camera and learn directing skills that translated into continuous work on film and television.
Jonathan has appeared on numerous genre shows including: Leverage, Family Guy, Star Trek: Enterprise, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Roswell, Gargoyles, The Paranormal Borderline (host), Lois & Clark, Wings, The Twilight Zone, North and South (mini-series), Falcon Crest (Damon Ross), Paper Dolls (Sandy Parris), Remington Steele, The Fall Guy, Bare Essence (Marcus Marshall), and Voyagers!
Mr. Frakes additionally appeared in the following genre Film and TV Movies: The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, Star Trek Nemesis, Clockstoppers, Dying to Live, Star Trek: First Contact, Brothers of the Frontier, and Star Trek: Generations.
After getting a taste of directing on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mr. Frakes has focused increasingly on his directorial pursuits. He has helmed many television episodes and films: NCIS: Los Angeles, Burn Notice, The Good Guys, Leverage, V, Castle, Dollhouse, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, Masters of Science Fiction, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, Thunderbirds, The Twilight Zone, Clockstoppers, Roswell, Star Patrol, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – just to name a few.
Sixty Great Photos from StarFest
Photo journalist Matt Farley brought his camera to StarFest and captured a great selection of shot taken at the convention. It’s an interesting cross-section of the costumes and people you’ll see at a typical StarFest convention… like the next one April 15-17, 2011 in Denver. See Matt Farley’s photo journal of StarFest at Metromix.
Marriott & Hilton DTC – I-25 & Belleview
The convention is well underway! This morning we got up before dawn for a live remote from our Main Events room for the Channel 2 Morning News Show with Chris Parente. Chris had such a blast, he invited a Klingon, a Tusken Raider, and an Ape (from Planet of the Apes) to invade his Everyday Show at 10:00am. The costumed characters replaced the regular hosts for the show’s opening and the "real" hosts had to chase them off the set. It was a lot of fun and we certainly want to thank Chris Parente and the rest of the folks at Channel 2 for a great time.
This morning, KathE Walker (the Mother of StarFest) was interviewed on 9News for a great piece that is available on the 9News website. The interview contains a lot of great information about the convention. At Noon today, Christopher Judge is scheduled to appear on the 9News at Noon show. They are sure to have video available on their site for that as well. We sure hope Chris is recovered from a late night with the Klingons. We heard that they were introducing him to all sorts of liquid beverages and someone mentioned some horseplay in the hot tub. As George Takei would say, "Oh My!"
StarFest registration opens up at 4:00pm today at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. There is plenty of room for everyone, come on down and join the party.