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Kandy Fong's First Slideshow

by Francesca Coppa

In 1975, Kandy Fong made what is arguably the first vid by constructing a slide show that set Star Trek images to music. Fong had access to footage left on Trek's cutting room floor and, inspired by the Beatles video to "Strawberry Fields Forever", built a narrative around an original filk, or fannish folk song. Fong took her slideshow to the Equicon/Filmcon convention chaired by Bjo Trimble in the spring of 1975. As Fong remembers it, "This was the only 'new' Trek since the show had ended & it had people lined up. We had a small room in the lower level & kept running it over & over." The success of WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A DRUNKEN VULCAN?, as well as the explicit approval of Gene Roddenberry, who was already angling to make a Star Trek movie and knew that an energized fan base helped his case, encouraged Fong to make more and show them on the science fiction convention circuit.

Kandy Fong's First Slideslow

Made by Kandy Fong to entertain the United Federation of Phoenix, the oldest, longest running Star Trek fan club in the world. Showed to the club in 1974, and debuted at Equicon 75/Filmcon 3 in 1975. Recreated and filmed at the 2012 Vividcon.

from Kandy Fong' (1975)
Creator: Kandy Fong
Distributor: private collection
Posted by Francesca Coppa