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October 31: USS Republic Halloween Spooktacular
Sat.-Sun., Dec. 6-7, 2014:
Farragut Fest 2014 (Kingsland GA)
Saturday, Dec. 20: USS
Republic Holiday Party & CO Election
Memoriam: Arlene Martel
final version of "Closing Time"
Be... Or Not To Be Takei
"super fan" reality series: What happened?
Officer election coming in December
TrekTrax Atlanta, TrekTrak
and Scotty t-shirts still available
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Belated August Birthdays
July Member Reenlistments
September Membership Renewals
About the Republic
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News from TrekMovie.com
Peters talks Star Trek:
Axanar as it passes $400K on Kickstarter
Annual (and possibly LAST) STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA 30324
(404) 874-5703 || www.midtownbowl.com
a time, the USS Republic's annual STARFLEET Bowling
Challenge was one of our most popular and well-attended costuming
events, with the now-legendary 2007 challenge ("Furries vs.
Klingons") receiving worldwide press coverage from G4
TV and Fark TV. In recent years, attendance
has declined and last year, only two players came out to participate.
We'll give this event one more chance this year and
hope to see a significant turnout from the membership. Please
join the USS Republic for our Ninth Annual STARFLEET
Todd Dissinger and Capt Eric L. Watts played three
games against each other at last year's STARFLEET
Bowling Challenge. A good time was had
The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of
bowling and includes shoe rental. CASH ONLY,
PLEASE, and please pay the Republic, who has already
paid for the lane rental. We have rented two lanes
for two hours which accommodate up to six players each. Please
RSVP if you plan to attend so we can add lanes if necessary. Please
arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, get your shoes
and choose your ball. First ball rolls promptly at 7:00
p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally)
at 7:00 p.m. Midtown
Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items
and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.
Please wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS
Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt for this fun-filled
Memoriam: Arlene Martel
April 14, 1936 August 12, 2014
USS Republic is saddened to report the passing of Arlene
Martel, who died on August 12 from complications following
a heart attack. The veteran television and film actress
had a career that spanned parts of seven decades, dating back
to the golden age of television, but she was best known for
her role as T'Pring in the original Star Trek series
episode "Amok Time." Ms. Martel's last guest appearance
at a Star Trek convention was this past April at TrekTrax
hosted by the USS Republic. She was 78.
of T'PringSpock's betrothed, whom she spurnswas
a sexy, exotic presence in the episode, the first and only
episode set on Vulcan. Ms. Martel had previously auditioned
for roles in the episodes "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and
"Catspaw." Her other credits includ the popular
Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand," the
"Twenty-Two" episode of The Twilight Zone, Hogan's
Heroes, My Favorite Martian, Bewitched,
Columbo, Battlestar Galactica, Knot's Landing,
A Walk to Remember, Brothers & Sisters and the
independent fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
Martel with her beloved Satchi at TrekTrax Atlanta
in April 2014.
Talking to StarTrek.com in 2010, Ms. Martel spoke fondly of
her brief but important visit to the Star Trek universe
and noted the enduring popularity of "Amok Time," which remains
a fan favorite. "It does hold up," she said. "If
it didn't, they wouldn't re-run it as much as they do. I
just saw it a couple of weeks ago. It's re-run almost
more than any other episode, and it seems to be so popular
because of the mating issue. To see a Vulcan in the
heat of his sexuality is a very interesting thing. It's
interesting to see anyone in that situation, if the story
is good, but to see someone who's usually so repressed going
through it, I think that captured people's imaginations. I
think that's the fascination about it. And then to see
how this woman deals with that, and the decisions and choices
"My performance, I think, holds up quite well, especially
visually," she continued. "I didn't have that much to
say, but I think you see me and my reactions, and my presence
is felt. Looking at it, I can see why they cast me in
appearance at TrekTrax Atlanta earlier this year was a key
reason for the convention's enormous increase in attendance
over last year and she proved to be enormously popular with
our attendees. More importantly, Ms. Martel "had
a wonderful time and enjoyed herself," according to her
agent, Beth Stelter. Ms. Martel's longtime friend
and companion, Mary DeCoite, who came to Atlanta with her,
writes, "It was a very happy and pleasant experience. TrekTrax
was the most memorable because it was intimate with plenty
of time to chat with her fans. But most importantly,
meeting and becoming such close friends with Sue [Lin Lange],
["Ensign Wolfy"] and his sister Ouida."
Martel with Eric L. Watts, Jeremy Roberts and Felix
Silla at TrekTrax Atlanta in April 2014.
According to Ms. DeCoite, Ms. Martel has been cremated and
her ashes will be scattered on a hill in Carmel, California,
where she used to live. The Motion Picture & Television
Country House (usually called simply "the Motion Picture
Home"), the retirement community to which Ms. Martel
had moved earlier this year, will hold a memorial service
for her at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, at their Wasserman
campus in Woodland Hills, California.
The USS Republic offers our sincerest condolences to
Ms. Martel's family, friends and many fans.
Potemkin releases final version of "Closing Time"
week, Project: Potemkin released the official version
of "Closing Time," the historically important Star Trek
independent fan film shot at TrekTrax
Atlanta in April 2013. This final edit
replaces the temporary "rough cut" that was premiered on
the last day of last year's convention and released to YouTube
shortly thereafter. The final version includes
an introductory voiceover from the ship's captain, improved
and additional special effects, a cleaned-up audio track,
a new ending credits sequence and other post-production
"Closing Time" was the collaborative effort of four different
Star Trek fan film productions, making it unique
among them. While some other Star Trek fan
films have featured a guest star or two from another production
and an occasional storyline crossover, "Closing Time"
included appearances by Darren Hann, Tara Murphy
and Joann Pelley from Star Trek: Reliant;
and Jerry Stanford, Toby Curfman, Dean
Rogers and Jacob Stanford from Star Trek:
Valkyrie. The production also included the
assistance of Star Trek: Phase II makeup supervisor
Brian Holloway. Project: Potemkin
cast members Doug Harper, Bill Mackenzie and
Renda Carr appear as their regular series characters. USS
Republic members making an appearance in the vignette
include ENS1 Wil Sims and Fleet Captain Eric L.
Watts as Korgoth the Bartender.
"Closing Time" was written and produced by Project:
Potemkin series creator Randall Landers and directed
by Sara Higgins Mackenzie.
Be... Or Not To Be Takei
USS Republic had hoped to arrange an away mission for
the premiere of George Takei's recently released documentary,
To Be Takei, but things did not work out as hoped. As
of press time last issue, a "limited release" date
of August 22 had been announced in various media, but no theaters
in or around Atlanta had been announced. The Republic
was notified by a Fandango.com "Fan Alert" on August
21 (the day before its release) that the Plaza Theater in
Midtown would be screening the film, but for one week only,
ending on Thursday, August 28. The eleventh-hour
notification of its only Atlanta screening location and its
incredibly short theatrical run there did not give the Republic
sufficient time to arrange, announce and publicize a group
The film, which has received generally favorable reviews,
narrates the journey of actor and activist George Takei, best
known to Star Trek fans as Sulu in the original series
and first six movies, from his childhood in a World War II
internment camp to his 30-year run in Star Trek to
his contemporary work as a gay rights advocate. If
and when the documentary is released on DVD, the Republic
will arrange a public screening for its members and friends
in a place that does not charge admission.
"super fan" reality series: What happened?
reality series we reported on last issue that was supposed
to feature USS Republic CO Fleet Captain Eric L.
Watts in an episode that was supposed to be filmed at
first in July and then sometime in August? Email
correspondence with the producers of that alleged series has
mysteriously... stopped. At this point, we have
no idea if the project has been cancelled, or if they've changed
their mind about including Captain Eric in an episode, or
something else. At any rate, we've not heard from
them in over a month and at this point have no idea what the
status of the production is. We'll keep you posted with
any news about this project if and when we learn of any.
Republic Commanding Officer election coming in December
Captain Eric L. Watts' fourth two-year term as Commanding
Officer of the USS Republic will soon be coming to
a close, and all members in good standing will be asked to
cast their vote for the candidate they want to lead and administrate
this chapter for the next two years.
for the position must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET
International, must have taken and passed Officers Training
School (OTS) and Officers Command College (OCC), and must
be at least 18 years of age. Members interested
in taking OTS and/or OCC should visit the STARFLEET Academy
web site. In
accordance with the Republic's Rank
Assignment & Promotions Policy, members who take and
pass both courses receive an automatic promotion to Lieutenant,
Junior Grade (Lt. JG).
As of August 31, there are five members of the Republic
in good standing who hold the necessary credentials to hold
the office of Commanding Officer. In alphabetical
order, they are:
Matt Ebeling, former CO, currently inactive
Mike Henigan, currently serving as Executive
Kelly Hilliard, currently serving as Zone 2 Coordinator
JG Robert Louis Simon, member-at-large
Captain Eric L. Watts, the incumbent Commanding
In addition to these individuals, five additional members
have completed the OTS requirement and could be eligible to
run for the office of CO should they complete the OCC requirement
by the end of the year. Those members are Ens Robert
T. Efurd, ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell, Ens Derek
Leman, ENS2 Tracy O'Quinn and ENS1 Julianne
The election for the USS Republic's Commanding Officer
for the 2015-2016 term will be held in December. If
more than one eligible member announces his or her candidacy
before November 30, paper ballots will be mailed to each member
in good standing in early December so that all members of
record can cast their ballot. If no member announces
their candidacy before November 30, a voice vote will be held
at the chapter's Holiday Party on Saturday, December 20. Only
those members whose STARFLEET and chapter dues are current
will be eligible to vote. The new Commanding Officer,
if any, will assume office on January 1, 2015.
Atlanta, TrekTrak and Scotty t-shirts still available
available! A limited selection of commemorative souvenir
t-shirts from this year's and last year's TrekTrax
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previously offered Scotty fundraiser t-shirt, and even a
few still-new shirts from the 2006 TrekTrak at Dragon*Con. This
year's con shirt features a full-color design with this
year's celebrity guests Arlene Martel, Felix Silla
and Jeremy Roberts on a high-quality Gildan 50/50
polycot blend shirt. Last year's con shirt features
an attractive three-color design with guest of honor Manu
Intiraymi. The TrekTrak t-shirt features
George Takei, Denise Crosby and Tony Todd. Available
only in the sizes and colors shown in the drop-down menus. All
shirts are only $20 postpaid to domestic US addresses. Please
select your shirt from the PayPal buttons below.
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to Lt. JG Robert Simon, who was awarded "Red
Squad Member" by STARFLEET Academy for outstanding
achievement within a 12-month period covering the previous
calendar year on August 12, 2014. Lt. Simon
completed 14 STARFLEET Academy courses during 2013.
Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses
available to every STARFLEET member. Over 60 Academy
Colleges offer courses spanning all aspects of Star Trek
and science fiction; some courses even cover non-sci-fi real
world topics. Each college offers dozens of different
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really hard. In total, there are nearly 1,000 different
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there was Star
Trek... there was Gunsmoke. The long-running
TV western (1955-1975) featured several guest stars that would
later go on to find fame and fortune on what Gene Roddenberry
originally pitched to the networks as a "Wagon Train to the
Stars." Left to right, top to bottom: DeForest Kelley
as Will Bailey in the first-season episode "Indian Scout"
(1956); James Doohan as Davit in the eighth-season episode
"Quint Asper Comes Home" (1962); Leonard Nimoy in his fourth
and last guest-starring role on this series, here as John
Walking Fox in the eleventh-season episode "Treasure of John
Walking Fox" (1966); and William Shatner as Fred Bateman in
the twelfth-season episode "Quaker Girl" (1966).
Chapter Event Photos
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The Wrathlanta of Khan || July
cast from "The Wrathlanta of Khan": Host and MC
Jason Mallory, Gina Rickicki, Eliot James Bronson, Ellaree
Yeagley, Veronica and Chuck Bramlett from Felt Nerdy, Bobbin
Wages, Rob HaZe and Paul Gallois
and MC Jason Mallory
and Chuck Bramlett
mid-show costume contest featured the typical Starfleet
uniforms and, second from right, the brilliant yet simple
Armus from the Star
Trek: The Next Generation
episode "Skin of Evil."
Tuesday, August 5
Ens Robert T. Efurd
Sunday, August 10
ENS3 Jenilee Trew
FCAPT Eric L. Watts
These members renewed their SFI and chapter
dues in July. Thank you!
ENS3 Jenilee Trew
ENS1 Julianne Trew
ENS1 Wil Sims
These members' dues will expire in September. Please
Ens Robert T. Efurd
ENS3 Patricia Houk
Ens Derek Leman
USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned
as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988,
at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia. As
of August 31, 2014, the Republic crew includes 29
members who are active members of STARFLEET in good
Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule
of events for its members, but does not hold meetings
on a consistently fixed date each month.
the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter
of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by
its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET
is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic. STARFLEET
dues for one person are $20 for a "Standard Membership"
or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues are $10
per person for either membership option. A
combined payment for all dues is collected by the Republic
(family discounts are available with certain conditions
and restrictions). Additional information about
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Peters talks Star Trek: Axanar as it passes $400K
August 22, 2014
Star Trek: Axanar Kickstarter campaign wraps up Sunday,
but it has already set a new record for independent Trek
production crowdfunding. TrekMovie sat down with producer
and star Alec Peters to talk about the dream of making his
own Star Trek movie. In Part 1 of the interview
below, Peters talks about the Axanar Kickstarter
experience, how they plan to spend the money, how they are
making Axanar a professional production, the approach
to designing a look for 20 years before the original Star
Trek series, and more.
Peters talks Axanar as they blow past $400k on Kickstarter
Trek: Axanar is an independent Star Trek film
set in the time before the original series, which will tell
the story of the Battle of Axanarwith a focus on the
character of Garth of Izar (from the episode "Whom Gods
Destroy"). Axanar is the brainchild of
Alec Peters, who was first introduced to fans as a Star
Trek collector and CEO of PropWorx, which handled some
major Star Trek memorabilia auctions (Peters even
wrote some auction update stories for TrekMovie.com). As
a lifelong fan, Peters was always fascinated by the character
of Garth and decided he wanted to be the one who told his
storycreating the concept for Axanar and casting
himself as Garth.
then surrounded himself with industry professionals and
actors who shared his dream and they began with "Prelude
To Axanar," an in-universe History Channel-style documentary
about the Battle of Axanar which was released earlier this
summer. That acted as a proof of concept and sales
pitch to seek crowdfunding for the feature-length Axanar. TrekMovie
talked to Peters about the campaign and where he and his
team are going next.
Congratulations on the success of the Kickstarter campaign.
It looks like Axanar is going past $400,000,
which would be a record for any of the Star Trek-related
crowdfunding projects. Why do you think it has
caught on so much?
Peters: I think it is due to the professionalism of
["Prelude to Axanar"]. It doesn't look like a fan
film; it looks like a Hollywood production.
So you see "Prelude" as a sales pitch for the full Axanar
Peters: Yes. And I think the other thing about
"Prelude" is not only does it look and feel like a real
production, but it is a compelling Star Trek narrative.
I think people are excited about seeing a time twenty
years before [the original series] that they have never
found anything out about before and not only is it well-written
by Star Trek people, people like the story and how
we tell it and it really comes across as Star Trek.
So even though you guys already have around $400,000 pledged,
your actual goal is $650,000? Will you have to go
back to Kickstarter?
Peters: The $650,000 figure is a rough guess of what
our budget will be for the full-length feature. It
will probably be a little more. One of the things
on "Prelude" is we learned a lot. We spent four times
as much as we expected to spend, but we originally expected
it to be a "fan film" and now I don't think many
people consider it just a fan film. So for the
full-length feature, we want to make sure we knock it out
of the park for the high bar that we have established for
independent Star Trek. So for the rest
of the budget, I don't know if we will go back to Kickstarter.
I think we are in a powerful position right now to
be able to create a method for our donors for us to get
You have used the word "professional," so does
that mean that everyone who works on the project in production
and post-production will be paid? And will they be
paid union wages?
Peters: Everyone will be paid, but we can't afford union
wages. If we were to pay standard industry union wages,
then we would need to raise millions of dollars. People
are still doing this because of their love for Star Trek,
but we will pay them something.
So when people are hired for this, they are still Trek
fans, so there is still an element of volunteerism, like
other fan films.
Peters: Right. "Prelude" was made with a totally
volunteer crew. All professionals, but they still
volunteered their time. But when we do the full feature,
it won't be a two-day shoot, it will be a twenty-day shoot.
Now you are asking people to commit three weeks of
their life to your film, so you better pay them something.
It may not be union wages, but they are being paid
With you guys collecting more money than anyone has before,
what are you doing to be transparent about how you are spending
all this money?
Peters: If you look at the Kickstarter, it tells you
exactly where the money is going. First hundred is
going to the sets, the next hundred and a quarter is going
to the sound stage, etc. We strive to be accountable
and transparent, which is the right thing to do. And
if you go back to "Prelude," we were pretty specific about
where we were spending the money and we are getting ready
now to actually publish the budget for "Prelude to Axanar"
for all the donors to see. [Note: Not long after this
interview was conducted, Peters posted a detailed "Prelude"
budget at Kickstarter.]
Getting back to the issue of a professional production,
I can remember talking to you years ago about Trek
fan films and we both agreed that they could often have
lots of great elementslike sets and costumesbut
were hampered by non-professional elementsoften the
actors. So for the full Axanar film, will any
of the actors be non-professionals, besides yourself?
Peters: Besides myself, everyone is going to be a professional
actor to one extent or another. Not everyone is going
to be J. G. Hertzler or Tony Todd. Everyone has
to audition for parts. There is no family and friends
program in our auditioning.
I understand that all the actors from "Prelude"including
Richard Hatch, Kate Vernon, Gary Grahamwill be in
the full Axanar film, and you recently announced
Garrett Wang will be joining to play a Klingon. Have
you cast any other parts?
Peters: No news yet on that. We are still
casting the entire Ares crew. There are more
big roles to be cast.
While you are not casting friends and family, you have cast
yourself in the lead role of Garth of Izar. You are
now the star of this big thing and it is your first time
as an actor. What have you done to prepare yourself?
A lot of people are going to see this thing, so are
you nervous? Optimistic? Terrified?
Peters: That puts a lot of pressure on, because of what
we did and how good "Prelude" was. I was fully prepared
to step aside and just produce. I had that conversation
with [director] Christian [Gossett] where I said, "If you
don't think I can do this, we will get someone else." I
have been in acting class for two years with Richard Hatch
as my acting coach, because you've got to prepare. "Prelude"
was a test of what we can do and what I can do. I
know I can produce"Prelude" proves thatbut the
question is: could I act? It is scary to be the weakest
link in the chain. And it was great because Gary Graham
said to me, "You know, Alec, there were a lot of people
on the set who were really worried you were not going to
be able to pull it off, but I have to say, I was really
impressed. You did amazing work." I knew Richard
was going to say good things because I am his student, but
for Gary to say that totally unsolicited told me that I
hit the mark OK.
You and director Christian Gossett are writing the script.
What role is David Gerrold playing with the writing?
Peters: He does a read and makes suggestions, so he
is our creative consultant. I am the primary writer
with Christian as director and helping me revise the script.
And I understand Robert Meyer Burnett is returning to edit. Who
are some of the other key people on the creative team?
Peters: Well, there is Kevin Haney, who is doing make-up...
he won an Academy award for Driving Miss Daisy. And
Frank Serafine, who won an Academy award for The Hunt
for Red October, is our sound editor. They show
the kind of people that Axanar is attracting.
What about music and visual effects and design?
Peters: The music is totally original by an outstanding
young composer named Alex Bornstein, who actually came to
us when he read your first article about us two years ago.
He worked for Bear McCreary and Hans Zimmer and now
he is working for us. Tobias Richterwho most
Trek fans knowis doing the visual effects. We
have a couple of guys doing the production design work. The
stuff you see on our Kickstarter page is by a guy named
Eric Henry, who is a young graphic artist who hasn't worked
in the industry, but his stuff is spot on. Plus, we
have another guy from the industry, plus Christian Gossett
designed stuff, and he is a visual artistthat is his
Speaking of the look, you guys are trying to capture an
aesthetic between the USS Kelvin from the 2009 Abrams
Star Trek movie and the original series Matt Jefferies
design. What are the challenges of trying to fit into
that spot? Will everything you do be a new design?
Peters: Everything we do will be new. We aren't
doing TOS. It is going to be different. But
our greatest problem is that TOS is an almost 50-year-old
vision of the future. If we are twenty years before
that, the challenge is to make your ships and everything
about them look 20 years older without looking like you
are from a Buck Rogers serial. So J. J.'s people
took a stab at that. They were mindful for making
the Kelvin look older than certainly the Enterprise
in their timeline. That is the challenge. You
need to create stuff that looks somewhat retro to TOS, but
still looks cool.
What is your current schedule for production and release?
Is it rigid or more flexible?
Peters: It is flexible. We aren't a studio that
has a deadline and there are so many variables, so it is
hard to nail down right now. Getting a studio
space is the first job we are trying to execute on. We
have a place we are in the midst of closing a deal on currently.
We will start shooting in Q1 of 2015, January of February.
How much of the shooting will be done on location?
Peters: We have lots of locations planned, at least
five locations. Probably all around the L.A. area,
but it is possible we will go to the Valley of Fire [Nevada
State Park] for the landing party scene, but we are still
far away from that.
And the hope is to release it in the summer of 2015? How
do you plan on releasing it?
Peters: It will be kind of like what we did with "Prelude."
We had a red carpet premiere at San Diego Comic Con,
then our donors got exclusive access to it online. And
then we released it on Kickstarter and now it is out publicly
on our YouTube page.