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Episode Info: JACKSON, Mich.]– “Mind-Sifter,” one of the most loved tales from the Star Trek universe, is now an episode of the award-winning Web series Star Trek New Voyages—and it’s beaming down to the Michigan Theater in Jackson. “Mind-Sifter” will debut Thursday, Jan. 22. The free event will include a panel with actor Brian Gross, who portrays Captain James T. Kirk in the series, and screenwriter Rick Chambers, a communications consultant from Kalamazoo who works with Jackson County organizations, including United Way of Jackson County. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the episode beginning at 7:30 p.m. Join First@4pm Anchor Kirk Montgomery who will broadcast LIVE at 6pm. Also, those who attend the screening in costume will help raise money for early grade reading initiatives through Energizing Education.Produced by Cawley Entertainment Co. and Retro Film Studios LLC, Star Trek New Voyages presents new adventures of the starship Enterprise crew based on the original Star Trek TV series. Guest stars in past episodes including original series actors George Takei, Walter Koenig and Grace Lee Whitney. In “Mind-Sifter,” a tortured Kirk is lost in the past and presumed killed, and while his shipmates struggle to come to terms with his death, newly promoted Captain Spock (Brandon Stacy) is faced with a resentful crew, an enemy threat, and haunting mental images of his suffering friend. “’Mind-Sifter’ is a powerful tale about loss, loyalty and determination,” Gross said. “The events in the story completely upend the lives of the Enterprise crew. That made the episode challenging and fun to do. I’m excited to see it on the big screen at the Michigan Theater.” As the legendary Kirk, Gross carries the mantle first borne by William Shatner in the original series and later by James Cawley, senior executive producer and creator of Star Trek New Voyages. Gross is an accomplished actor of film and television. His credits include N.C.I.S., Saving Grace, Anger Management, C.S.I., Crime and Consequences and many more, as well as the lead in the TV film Gila! and a role in Red Tails, the acclaimed 2012 biopic about the Tuskegee Airmen. “Mind-Sifter” was published in a collection of short stories, titled Star Trek: The New Voyages, in 1976. Written by Shirley Maiewski, widely known as “Grandma Trek” for her involv
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