To Be Takei
Doc Premieres


2014, 90 minutes, color & b/w, U.S.A.

George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-first century.

Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever.

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

Co-director/Editor: Bill Weber

Producers: Gerry Kim, Mayuran Tiruchelvam

Cinematographer: Chris Million

Sound Designer: Lora Hirschberg

Composer: Michael Hearst

Animator: Grant Nellessen

About the Director

Jennifer M. Kroot directed the documentary feature It Came from Kuchar, about the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, which screened at SXSW in 2009. Kroot also wrote, directed, and starred in the gender-bending, sci-fi, narrative feature Sirens of the 23rd Century in 2003. She studied film briefly at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she now teaches.

Bill Weber is a San Francisco–based documentary film editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature The Cockettes, which screened at the 2002 Sundance and Berlin film festivals, and codirected and edited the documentary feature We Were Here, which played at the Sundance and Berlin festivals in 2011. Weber also edited the Academy Award–nominated documentary short film, The Final Inch.


1/18/2014 9:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 12:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/20/2014 6:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
1/25/2014 9:00 pm
Temple Theatre, Park City