Larry Nemecek is a super Trekkie, and he’s working on a documentary about the infamous The Con of Wrath convention.
The film, also titled The Con of Wrath, will explore the experiences of Star Trek fans during the Houston-based convention on July 19 and 20 of 1982. It was a few days after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released in theaters, and the biggest selling point was that it would be one of the first times that the entire main cast would be at the same place at the same time. But the shit hit the fan and mass chaos ensued!
I’m exaggerating. Or am I? Check out the trailer that Nemecek has put out in an effort to raise awareness about the bit, in hopes of reaching Trekkies who had been present at the convention and would be willing to contribute to his work.
Hit the jump for the doc’s official description:
From the official site:
This one weekend in June 1982 saw the rise, and fall, and rise again of a dream, wrapped up in one of our most retro-cool moments in film history: How one ambitious Houston fan and his band of friends sold the dream—the first-ever, all-cast Star Trek extravaganza … complete with laser shows, orchestral hoopla and a revolving arena stage—and then just failed to sell the tickets.
Or … was it really that simple?
It’s a car wreck of a story about a mysterious “sellout” status told to would-be ticket buyers … con staff who go into shock when the truth is revealed … fans wrongly kicked out of their hotel rooms … dealers who “pass the hat” to keep the doors open … the incredible “burning planet” … and the unsuspecting Hollywood folk who walk into this potential PR nightmare.
And it’s also a personal story: my first coming-of-age con road trip—and I’m thrilled, after all this time, to preserve it for the ages in my first film project, “THE CON OF WRATH.”