QDoc Film Festival

To Be Takei

with special guests

Director Jennifer M. Kroot

Editor/Co-Director Bill Weber

  • 7 p.m. |
  • $10 per person; $8 students & seniors with ID; Free youth 23 & under; $75 festival pass |
  • All ages welcome
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About QDoc Film Festival


QDoc is the only festival in the United States, and only the second in the world, devoted exclusively to Queer Documentaries. More than a screening series – it is a fun, inspiring, and community-building event. Filmmaker attendance is a big part of the mix, with guests joining us from around the world to discuss their work. The Clinton Street neighborhood, with its numerous cafes and restaurants, becomes a mini queer district during the long weekend, enhancing the social aspects of the festival.

Founded in 2007, the Festival has been presented each year in cooperation with the Portland Q Center, whose mission is to increase the visibility of, and foster connection within, metropolitan Portland LGBTQ community.



About To Be Takei


George Takei has boldly gone where no man has gone before: In his iconic role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, he became one of the first Asian-American sex symbols on television. He narrowly lost a campaign for the Los Angeles City Council.  He's a fan favorite on The Howard Stern Show. And after coming out in 2005, Takei staged a late-career comeback as an outspoken civil rights activist and as the unofficial “King of Facebook,” with a following in excess of 6.5 million.

To Be Takei offers a fly-on-the-wall look at Takei and his husband, Brad, touring the country for sci-fi conventions and speaking engagements – including an appearance in Portland – while rehearsing the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, inspired by his experience of growing up in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

Filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot (It Came from Kuchar) intersperses inventive animation sequences with insightful interviews from Asian-American leaders (the late Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta) and Star Trek shipmates (particularly priceless: Takei's love-hate relationship with William Shatner, and Leonard Nimoy's reaction to homoerotic fan fiction). Throughout it all, Takei guides the audience through his life with refreshing candor and his signature baritone laugh.

Hitting a career peak at age 77, George Takei shows us all how to live long and prosper.

— Jimmy Radosta

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
90 minutes

Community Partners:
API Pride
Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Portland Taiko





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