As the clock struck midnight on Friday March 10th, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine documentary; What We Left Behind completed its 30 day Indiegogo fundraising campaign. The campaign raised upwards of $530,000, smashing its original $150,000 goal on it’s first day, and hitting all of the subsequent stretch goals during the campaign’s run. The success of the campaign marks a triumphant moment for Indiegogo, as the film shatters the record for the crowdfunding site’s documentary category becoming the highest funded documentary project, beating out previous record holder Think: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich total of $364,880.
Spearheaded by series show runner Ira Steven Behr, and with the producing and directing team from the 2016 documentary For the Love of Spock, this new documentary aims to take a detailed look at what was once considered “the black sheep of the Star Trek franchise”, conducting all new interviews with the majority of principal and reoccurring cast members, production, and writers, giving fans of the series an unprecedented look into the writers’ room, as the story for episode one of a mythical season 8 is broken. The documentary also hopes to break new ground in presenting some limited Deep Space Nine show clips in high-definition for the first time. The production is currently in talks with CBS Studios to attempt to scan some of the original film negative from the show, and is working with VFX veteran Doug Drexler to render new visual effect elements exclusively for the documentary.