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TO BE TAKEI: Critically Acclaimed George Takei Documentary Gets DIRECTV Premiere On July 3rd


Starz Digital Media announced a first window partnership with DIRECTV for the crowd-pleasing documentary “TO BE TAKEI.” The documentary, featuring all surviving Star Trek® cast members on screen for the first time since their hit films, is an entertaining look at the life and work of actor and pop culture icon George Takei.  Director Jennifer M. Kroot (“It Came From Kuchar”) brings the viewer behind the scenes, and provides a revealing, rarely seen look into Takei’s world and showing what it truly means “To Be Takei.”

Starz Digital acquired all North American rights after the movie’s world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film will premiere on DIRECTV on July 3 and will run exclusively on the platform through August 5. On August 22 the film will be released theatrically in the US and Canada day-and-date with its release across all major VOD outlets, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Xbox Video and cable providers.

TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure who may be more relevant today than ever. The film balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei, starting with George’s fascinating personal journey from his childhood in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese Americans during WWII, through his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on “Star Trek,”® to his rise as an internet phenomenon with over 7-million Facebook fans.

“We are thrilled that our friends at DIRECTV share our enthusiasm for Jennifer’s incredible movie,” said Mara Winokur, SVP Starz Digital. “We could not ask for a better partner to launch the film to homes nationwide.”

“TO BE TAKEI” was written and directed by Jennifer M. Kroot, co-directed and edited by Bill Weber, and produced by Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam.