Kickstart This: 'Life After Star Trek' From Worf Actor Michael Dorn

August 17, 2012

Actor Michael Dorn

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. Imagine being adored by millions of people for a character you've played on TV and in films. Pretty cool, right? Maybe not so much if you're pigeonholed as an actor and boxed in to working in the same genre over and over in your career. Today, we're featuring Through the Fire - Life After Star Trek, a romantic drama from actor Michael Dorn ("Worf") that's as far from sci-fi as you can get. Check it out below, and toss the filmmakers a few bucks.

Dorn is beloved for his work as Worf, but as the title of his film indicates, there is a life after "Star Trek." But he doesn't want to alienate (pardon the pun) his fans - quite the opposite. He wants to use his status as a Trek icon to secure enough funds to make a grounded, romantic drama in which he'll star opposite some of his fellow sci-fi actors, giving them an opportunity to show their fans another side to their professional lives than what they're best known for. It's a way to prove that sci-fi fans don't only watch science fiction; if it has a good story, good actors, good direction, Dorn hopes audiences will find it compelling regardless of genre.

The story has a sort of You've Got Mail or Shop Around the Corner quality to it, as it follows two New Yorkers set up on the worst blind date ever: she (Anne-Marie Johnson) is a Broadway actress, and he (Dorn) is the theater critic who just gave her a horrible review. But after an inauspicious start, they slowly start to fall for each other. No lasers or spacecraft in store at all for this one.

After spending over 35 years in front of the camera and having directed a few episodes of television in the past couple of decades, Dorn plans on making this project his feature directorial debut. He's going all out, too, shooting on film instead of digital. He has a clear vision for this project, since a thirty minute version of it was already made back in 2002, and now he and his team have expanded the story to a full length film and want to use this as a springboard to hurdle any typecasting and prove that there's more to them as actors than excessive makeup and cool gadgetry they operate on spaceships. Take a look at their pitch video below:

For more information about Through the Fire - Life After Star Trek, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Michael Dorn is hoping to raise $750,000 by Friday, October 5th, and he's really counting on all of the Trek fans to come out strong and support this in order to reach that goal.

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NO! Back in character Dorn!!! *cracks whip I kid. But honestly, if you could do Worf's voice - wouldn't you - ALL the time?! Best of luck to Mr. Dorn, no money to invest atm, but will watch upon completion.

avconsumer2 on Aug 17, 2012


I don't understand how The Culture High can interview dozens of high profile actors and political figures for 190k while this needs 750k to be made. I'll definitely be passing on this one as it seems to me that 750k for a documentary is way too much.

Matt Peloquin on Aug 17, 2012


Possible it will cost that much because they must pay royalties to CBS for Star Trek.

Brian Sleider on Aug 17, 2012


I'm confused. Through the Fire by Michael Dorn was made in 2002 according to IMDB. It was made for TV. Is this another version of the same script?

outofnormal on Aug 17, 2012

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