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If you’re into Star Trek—or even just sci-fi in general—you probably know that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the TV-series-turned-mega-movie-franchise that’s expanded into 13 films, a lot of shows (the latest premieres May 2017 on Space), and countless iconic characters. This September, Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox will welcome the Starship Enterprise and its crew for a three-month-long retrospective that will include screenings, talks and special Trek guests. If you’re a fan, it’s basically unmissable. Here are some of the ‘50 Years of Star Trek’ events you’ll want to beam yourself to Toronto for.
It’s a gloomy day but Kirk has transported to Festival Street. We are doing a huge #StarTrek50 retro this fall that begins tonight with a screening of the first ever Trek episode, “The Man Hunt” at sundown with a retro continuing after fest. Dress up or come to gawk! Design by genius @jordancbowden!
Every Star Trek movie ever made (like, ever—even the newest one) will be shown on the big screen. Can Into Darkness (Oct 29 and Dec 20) measure up to The Wrath of Khan (Oct 29)? How did an effects genius save Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Sept 30 and introduced by said effects genius Douglas Trumbull) from being an epic fail? Find out at one of the screenings intro’d by directors, writers, and other creatives who’ve worked on the franchise.
The Trek Talks series is going to host cool guest speakers like Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen, whose job (when he’s not in space) is to be the voice between Earth and the International Space Station. Other speakers include Margaret Weitekamp, the space history curator at the Smithsonian, and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel to space.
Love sci-fi but want more than just Captain Kirk and his crew? TIFF’s ‘Sci-Fi Cinema After Star Trek’ retrospective also includes screenings of genre masterpieces like Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Nov 5), Alien (Dec 16), E.T. (Dec 25), The Matrix (Dec 30), Galaxy Quest (Dec 23) and lots more.
Clear your calendars, ‘50 Years of Star Trek’ launches Saturday, September 24 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto and runs all the way until December 30. Head to TIFF’s own futuristic headquarters to check it out.