Axanar: The Official Podcast
24: The Yuri Gagarin of Star Trek Fan Films

James Cawley talks Star Trek, Phase II, and Axanar.

He’s the one who showed us all the way. Star Trek fan films and independent productions are flourishing today, but more than a decade ago James Cawley set forth as a true pioneer. Star Trek: New Voyages, now known as Phase II, was the first to chart the territory that makes Axanar possible. Cawley truly is the father of Star Trek fan films. 

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by James to discuss why he decided to create his own stories, the experience of shooting new Star Trek, what makes a great fan film, what he has planned for the 50th anniversary and beyond, and his advice to Axanar. 

In our news segment, Alec and Rob recount Axanar’s awards haul from Treklanta, the now-available digital download of Prelude to Axanar, more perks, an update on bridge construction, and more!



Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters



James Cawley


Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones


Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao


Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Manager

Will Nguyen



The Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards (00:00:54)

Ares Digital and Other Perks (00:02:19)

Bridge Construction and Gearing Up (00:05:39)


Feature: Interview with James Cawley

James and Star Trek (00:10:41)

World Enough and Time (00:14:39)

What Makes a Great Fan Film? (00:17:19)

The Father of Fan Films (00:20:14)

Plans for the 50th Anniversary (00:25:35)

Keeping the Spirit Alive (00:28:35)

The Internet and Fandom (00:37:54)

Doing It for the Fun (00:43:42)

Big Steps for New Voyages (00:48:20)

Building the Ares Bridge (00:52:34)

James’s Advice (00:58:17)

Closing (00:37:15)


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