09/06/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Starship Farragut, a film project based on the original series of Star Trek, has won Best Fan Film of 2008 at the Wrath of Con science fiction conference and film festival in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Starship Farragut won the award for its film For Want of a Nail, its second production based on the original Star Trek television series. The episode features Captain Jack Carter, played by John Broughton, and his valiant crew flung back in time to witness a crucial moment in America's history.
"We are so pleased to have been selected as Best Fan Film of 2008," Mark Hildebrand, director of the episode told SFcrowsnest. "We wanted to create an adventure that would be enjoyed by fans and non-fans alike. I believe that any story in the Star Trek universe should be thought-provoking and fun. I think we have achieved that goal."
Farragut's 85-minute episode competed against six other sci-fi-based fan films at the three-day Wrath of Con convention.
Conference organizer Rick Albritton of BrightStar Productions, added, "For Want of a Nail sets a high standard for fan films, with solid writing, acting and high production values. The Starship Farragut team produced a compelling tale that is truly in a league of its own."
Starship Farragut will be releasing two mini-episodes (Crew Logs) later this year and in 2009. Just Passing Through provides a backdrop story for two of the four main principal characters of the series and is currently in post-production. The second vignette, A Rock and a Hard Place, is in production and will showcase a new shuttlecraft set. In addition, NEO f/x's production of Starship Farragut - The Animated Series features the voices of the Farragut crew in addition to Star Trek guest stars, such as Tim Russ, Chase Masterson, and Chris Doohan (son of James Scotty Doohan).
The film may be downloaded free at www.starshipfarragut.com
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