‘To Be Takei’ to Premiere at Sundance

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Actor/activist George Takei holds up a Sulu action figure.

Actor/activist George Takei holds up an action figure of his “Star Trek” character, Sulu.

PARK CITY, Utah — The documentary “To Be Takei” will have its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Showtimes are Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre in Park City; Sunday, Jan. 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City; Monday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Redstone Cinema 1 in Park City; and Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m. at Temple Theatre in Park City.

The festival website gives the following description: “George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film … As a child forced into Japanese American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows.

“Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on ‘Star Trek,’ Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the 21st century.

“Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention.

“Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever.”

Kroot directed the documentary feature “It Came from Kuchar,” about the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, which screened at SXSW in 2009. She also wrote, directed, and starred in the gender-bending, sci-fi, narrative feature “Sirens of the 23rd Century” in 2003. She studied film briefly at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she now teaches.

Co-director and editor Bill Weber is a San Francisco–based documentary film editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature “The Cockettes,” which screened at the 2002 Sundance and Berlin film festivals, and co-directed and edited the documentary feature “We Were Here,” which played at the Sundance and Berlin festivals in 2011. He also edited the Academy Award–nominated documentary short film “The Final Inch.”

For reservations and more information, visit www.sundance.org. The film’s website is www.tobetakei.com.

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