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July 17, 2011

Voyage Trekkers Premiere Tomorrow Night

CHC fans in the Phoenix metropolitan area should be aware of the Voyage Trekkers premiere at FilmBar in downtown Phoenix tomorrow night (Monday, 17th July) at 8.00pm. Admission is $5.

Voyage Trekkers is a new webseries from Nathan Blackwell, creator of Zombie Team Building, which was a selection at both The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival and Phoenix Fear Film Festival, where it won for Best Short. He's also responsible for the awesome pulp serial episode Masters of Daring and the web series Normally This Weird, among others. Many of these can be seen online in the viewing room at the Squishy Studios website.

Voyage Trekkers delights in its geekiness. Obviously a spoof of the original Star Trek and the other shows that came along in its wake, it merely shows the incidents that wouldn't have made it into one of those episodes. As the tagline has it: 'These are the voyages that don't make the Captain's Log.' It even has a promo poster in Japanese, which is another stroke of genius on Nathan's part. He has a lot of those.

I've watched the first episode of Voyage Trekkers a couple of times now and it sits well with Nathan's other work. All the cast will be familiar to anyone who's seen his other work and the production values and humour are comparable too.

So if you're a fan, head on down to FilmBar tomorrow night to see the first three episodes premiered in the company of many members of the cast and crew. It is a bar, so it's 21 and over. If you're not a fan, check out the Squishy Studios viewing room and you will be. Your best bet would be to do that before tomorrow night. Episode 1 will go live online tonight at midnight, but you'll have to wait for the others if you miss the event.

By the way, while you're at FilmBar, check out the other shows upcoming at the venue, including Yuen Woo Ping's True Legend, which beguns a run on Thursday, 21st July. That's the same night The Royale in Mesa shows Franco Nero in Enter the Ninja and a day before Army of Darkness and the beginning of a run of The Troll Hunter. Suddenly the valley is a great place to go out and see movies on the big screen. With Voyage Trekkers you can support local filmmaking too. How can you go wrong?

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