United We Fan


Scotiabank Theatre 4 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 5:30 PM
Hart House Theatre Mon, Apr 30, 2018 3:00 PM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
Hart House Theatre Thu, May 3, 2018 12:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Television & Popular Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Michael Sparaga
Producer(s):Michael Sparaga
Joel Roff
Executive Producer(s):Justin Rebelo
Robin Smith
Sheryl Kotzer
Neil Tabatznik
Editor(s):Joel Roff
Writer(s):Michael Sparaga
Cinematography:Jordan Cushing
Composer:Stephen Skratt
Asher Lenz
Sound:Dante Winkler


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They call themselves fan activists, TV advocates and the defenders of democracy: They are the countless women and men who work to save their favourite TV series from cancellation. United We Fan introduces us to Bjo and John Trimble, two super-fans who spearheaded a letter-writing campaign in the 1960s to save Star Trek, and later successfully petitioned President Ford to name a NASA spaceship in honour of the Enterprise. In the present day, countless other TV crusaders have moved on to modern methods like Twitter, websites and crowd-funding to save the shows that give their lives meaning. We also meet some of the writers, producers and TV stars involved in shows like Star Trek, Veronica Mars and Designing Women. United We Fan is a fun and multifaceted look at dedicated fandom and all the sweat, blood and tears that go into it. Aisha Jamal

Co-presented with Canadian Film Fest and Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3 Stars

NOW - 4 Stars"A cheery collage of anecdotes."

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