Originally Published: April 4, 2013 10:01 p.m.
"Star Trek" fans: Set your phasers on "amazing."
The Prescott Film Festival's first Sci-Fi Mini-Fest, coming to the Yavapai College campus Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21, will feature Rod Roddenberry, son of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, on hand to present his documentary "Trek Nation" and conduct a 30-minute question and answer session following the screening.
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," 2009's "Star Trek" prequel, "Forbidden Planet," "District 9," "Galaxy Quest," "Inception" and "The Matrix" will also be shown.
There will be a talk on extraterrestrial life with Professor Jeb Bevers, and author Alan Dean Foster, actor David Frankham and special effects artist Jerry Chin will give presentations.
A "Space Jam Dance" kicks off 8 p.m. April 19 at the college gym, and stargazing with the Prescott Astronomy Club will take place at the campus' sculpture garden 8 p.m. April 20. Other attractions include a robotics club and a gamers' corner.
Films will be screened at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on the Yavapai College campus, while featured speakers will give talks in Building 4. Visit www.prescottfilmfestival.com for times.
Foster - a renowned and prolific sci-fi author who lives in Prescott - will be on hand April 21 to discuss his 1978 "Star Wars" novel "Splinter of the Mind's Eye," the first novel to be written after the release of the original "Star Wars" film in 1977.
Frankham will discuss his experience playing Enterprise starship designer Larry Marvick on the "Star Trek" episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty." Frankham also appeared in "The Outer Limits," "Tales of Terror," the Vincent Price film "Return of the Fly" and more.
He recounted his first day on the set of "Star Trek."
"As (actress) Diana Muldaur and I walked on the set that morning, I remember George Takei coming up to us with his hand outstretched saying, 'Welcome aboard the Enterprise,' Frankham relayed. "A few moments, later we saw Gene Roddenberry huddling with the cast and crew. He was apparently breaking the news to them the series wasn't going to be renewed. There was a lot of doom and gloom right after that, of course."
These days, Frankham is promoting his new book, "Which One Was David."
Chin will present a workshop based on his experience working in the special effects department on "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."
The workshops are free and open to the public.
Prescott Film Festival Executive Director Helen Stephenson said the idea for the mini-fest came about as festival organizers and Yavapai College representatives looked at events that might find appeal in the tri-city area.
"We decided to do Oscar Month, so we did Oscar-nominated films all through February and had an Oscar party and that was really successful," Stephenson said. "The (Sci-Fi Mini-Fest) is another one of our experiments to see if we can get a niche market."