EXCLUSIVE: Ira Stephen Behr Talks DS9 Documentary

Former Deep Space Nine Showrunner Ira Steven Behr Offers Thoughts as DS9 Documentary Passes Second Stretch Goal

With less than two weeks left in its month-long fundraiser, the Indiegogo campaign for What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has far surpassed its original $148,000 goal.

The documentary, helmed by former DS9 showrunner Ira Steven Behr and featuring interviews from numerous cast members, is currently 258% funded ($384,000). This means the project has reached its second stretch goal: the writer’s room part of the documentary, which features the show’s writers pitching an eighth season of Deep Space Nine – has been extended, and an original orchestral score will be produced for the film. The third stretch goal will be completed at $425,000, where more cast interviews will be filmed.

First season Deep Space Nine cast members: Armin Shimmerman, Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell and Alexander Siddig
First season Deep Space Nine cast members: Armin Shimmerman, Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell and Alexander Siddig | Photo: CBS Home Entertainment

Behr spoke briefly with TrekNews.net about revisiting the now 23-year-old show and the fans’ exultant reaction to the documentary.

“There are too many good things to list,” said Behr of revisiting Deep Space Nine for this doc. “I see it as a tribute to the show, the work, and dedication of a lot of talented people and the passion of the fans.”

Behr noted that it’s best “not to get cocky” in revising the show that has only grown more popular as time passes. “We’re spending years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to figure out” how exactly Deep Space Nine is different from other Star Trek shows, he noted. To help this mission, Behr said that director Adam Nimoy brings “objectivity” to the doc.

As part of the funding campaign, the doc team released a humorous promotional video featuring Behr receiving money from the mysterious donor, “Mr. F.”

Those interested in checking out the campaign’s progress, donation perks, or the latest updates from the doc team can visit the campaign page on Indiegogo.

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Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan. A graduate student at the University of Maine, Kyle spends his time either doing school work, playing music, reading history, or immersing himself in a good video game.

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  • Talos4

    Who IS that guy? 🙂