'Trekkies' Director Interviewed

By Christian
May 1, 2000 - 9:43 PM

Over at the Trek Nation, we've just put up a new interview with Roger Nygard, who directed last year's fan documentary 'Trekkies'. Soon, the film will be released in Germany, and so Lorenz Ulrich at our German partner site TrekZone.de decided to ask Nygard about the title of the film, his own experience with fandom, the film's release date opposite to Star Wars, and his current projects. Here are two of the most interesting questions and answers from the interview:

Question: Roger, why 'Trekkies' and not 'Trekkers'?

Answer: Eventually you've got to name your film something, and we couldn't call it both Trekkies and Trekkers. We chose Trekkies because it's the first and most well-known name for the fans of Star Trek. Also, the deciding vote came from Gene Roddenberry. According to Richard Arnold, Roddenberry's Trek researcher and assistant, Roddenberry preferred 'Trekkies.' Perhaps we will call the sequel Trekkers to be fair. And in the sequel I would like to focus on the international fans too, especially fans in Germany, UK, Japan, and Brazil.

Q: What projects are currently financing your life?

A: My next film is called "Six Days In Roswell," a follow-up to "Trekkies." It's about UFOs, and UFO enthusiasts, and the people of the town of Roswell, New Mexico. For more information you can go to www.Roswel6.com.

For the full interview, please follow this link. Next month Lorenz should also have had the opportunity to interview Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar), who was the host of the documentary - expect to hear more about that soon!

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