The opening night's film, which recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, is a documentary about the popular actor and gay activist, George Takei. Subtitled A Star's Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love, it focuses on the likeable performer, best known as Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek television series and the Trek feature films that followed. Takei's remarkable journey has included childhood years spent growing up in Japanese American internment camps. The film's director, Jennifer Kroot, will be in attendance at the screening
The festival's "Centerpiece Film," to be shown on Wednesday, April 9 at the Brattle Theatre, will be The Dog. The documentary chronicles John Wojtowicz, whose 1972 attempted robbery of a Brooklyn, New York bank and hostage situation was turned into the film, Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino. Filmmaker Frank Keraudren will be in attendance to field audience questions.
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