Director Jennifer M. Kroot and Editor/Co-Director Bill Weber in attendanceBuy Tickets Sunday, May 18th, 7pm
Kennedy School Theater
George Takei has boldly gone where no man has gone before: In his iconic role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, he became one of the first Asian-American sex symbols on television. He narrowly lost a campaign for the Los Angeles City Council. He’s a fan favorite on The Howard Stern Show. And after coming out in 2005, Takei staged a late-career comeback as an outspoken civil rights activist and as the unofficial “King of Facebook,” with a following in excess of 6.5 million.
To Be Takei offers a fly-on-the-wall look at Takei and his husband, Brad, touring the country for sci-fi conventions and speaking engagements — including an appearance in Portland — while rehearsing the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, inspired by his experience of growing up in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
Filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot (It Came from Kuchar) intersperses inventive animation sequences with insightful interviews from Asian-American leaders (the late Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta) and Star Trek shipmates (particularly priceless: Takei’s love-hate relationship with William Shatner, and Leonard Nimoy’s reaction to homoerotic fan fiction). Throughout it all, Takei guides the audience through his life with refreshing candor and his signature baritone laugh.
Hitting a career peak at age 77, George Takei shows us all how to live long and prosper.
— Jimmy Radosta
To Be Takei: Dir Jennifer M Kroot 2014 USA 90 min
Community Partners: API Pride; Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Portland Taiko