Hero Complex Film Fest Friday

The second annual Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival wrapped up this past weekend featuring events from Warren Beatty speaking about Dick Tracy, q&a’s with director of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn and executive writers/producers of Star Trek (2009), comic writers and artists showcasing the Superman franchise, and John Favreau with special guest Robert Downey Jr. reflecting about their roles in Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

This is a recap of the events that took place on Friday at the Hero Complex Film Fest. The Mann Chinese Theater in Los Angeles California was set for the special event. The night began with an introduction by the four day event host, Geoff Boucher. Immediately began the epic journey to the past with the filming of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn. For those old enough to have seen the film in theaters during original release, I salute you! Any trekkie will tell you that being able to see the original film on the big screen is a huge deal and this confirmed it. Seeing Shatner, Nimoy, Takei, Alley, and Mr. Ricardo Montalban himself on the screen gave what some in the audience referred to as the “trekkie-eckie-goosebumps”.

Following the epic reprise screening was a thirty-minute Q&A with director of Kahn, Nicholas Meyer. Meyer is one of those directors that gets his feet wet in every media-artistic genre known to man. With references to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pablo Picasso, and greedy ancient studio execs, fans were gluttonously indulged with enormous amounts of knowledge.

After Meyer finished up with some answers that were asked by the audience, director/writer J.J Abrams came on screen to give a message to Meyer about his accomplishments. Abrams also praised fans and thanked them for their support. It was only logical after Meyer taking stage left off the panel and Abrams surprising the audience, that a twenty minute intermission should take place.

With phasers set to stun, bodily fluids emptied, replicated popcorn and soft drinks refilled, now was the time for Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof to bring to flare-light the awesomeness of Star Trek (2009). Kurtzman was one of the writers, and the executive producers of Star Trek. He also wrote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Orci, similar to Kurtzman, was also a writer, executive producer, and worked on both Transformers films. Lindelof also took on the role as writer, and executive producer of the Star Trek film. He is also known for the producer of the television hit series Lost, and the upcoming film Cowboys and Aliens.

Nicholas Meyer(Left) & Geoff Boucher(Right)

Left to Right: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, & Damon Lindelof

The creative team of the 2009 trek film had a lot of insights about capturing the delicate reputation of Star Trek franchise. Discussion about Gene Roddenberry’s candid “perfect future” Trek vision being destroyed with the literal on-film 2009 destruction of Vulcan, Nimoy’s reprised role, the future of the franchise, and much more was talked about. The team also referenced that they have a few pages of script already manifested and are ready to pursue the sequel with thrusters on full now that Abrams has officially wrapped up Super 8. These three guys were extremely humble and very understanding to the NERD fan community. They talked about their online forum indulgences, respect to what their fans want, and own personal quarries regarding love for the franchise. Unfortunately, no real word on any information given for the upcoming film.

The night ended with Star Trek being played on the big screen. Overall the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival was a fantastic experience and would recommend it to anyone in the coming year and with that… “Live Long and Prosper.”

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