Leonard Nimoy–the man behind the beloved character “Spock” in the classic series “Star Trek”–may have passed away last year, but his kids are making sure that their father remains a presence on film. Nimoy’s daughter Julie Nimoy and husband David Knight have just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo about Nimoy and the cause of his passing at 83 last year: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The couple is seeking to raise $150,000 to complete production on the documentary “COPD: Highly Illogical,” and plans to make it available for free downloading. In addition to the Indiegogo campaign, the project has already raised $300,000 through corporate sponsors. Current perks for contributions include dinner with the Nimoys and the film crew; a chance to visit the set and receive two tickets to a special film screening in Los Angeles; and a “stunning sterling silver Vulcan salute necklace” and limited edition DVD. Who says that money doesn’t [contribute to] happiness?
The movie is aimed at providing information and treatments on COPD from medical experts along with examining how COPD affected Leonard Nimoy. The film’s narration is provided by John de Lancie, who starred on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and other spinoff series as the character “Q.”
The title “Highly Illogical” was taken from a reaction that Nimoy’s character Spock frequently used when baffled by human behavior, Julie Nimoy said. She added,
We also wanted to show that the people’s reaction to COPD is often highly illogical. There are probably 12 to 15 million people in the U.S. who have it and yet a third of them continue to smoke.
Earlier last year, Julie’s brother Adam Nimoy also used crowdfunding to make “For the Love of Spock,” also a documentary film about their father. His campaign raised $662,640, more than the original $600,000 goal, and Variety wrote that “Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in the two latest “Star Trek” films, will narrate the film. David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.”
Both siblings timed their project perfectly for “Star Trek’s” 50th anniversary this year. Its first show aired Sept. 9, 1966.
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