Thirty years ago, a wild-haired scientist took Marty McFly on a journey into the future – and that fateful day was October 21, 2015. In other words, the future is about to become the present. If you’d like to celebrate, there are a myriad of ways to do so.
The Back to the Future trilogy ‒ including the all-important second movie, around which all the celebrations are based ‒ will be shown in theaters nationwide, with a varying number of activities available to celebrate the trilogy’s 30th anniversary. But if just seeing the movie isn’t enough for you ‒ because, after all, “there’s something very familiar about all this…” ‒ make sure you have your “time circuits on” so you can travel back to the future yourself.
Back in Time, a documentary chronicling the making of the trilogy and its legacy, will debut on Wednesday at a We’re Going Back event in Los Angeles, California. For those who can’t make it to the Golden State in time, it will also be released on iTunes the same day.
On Sunday, Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc Brown, will attend a red-carpet screening of Back to the Future, joined by Bob Gale, who co-wrote all three films, and Claudia Wells, who played Parker in the first film. All proceeds from the star-studded event will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Fox, who played McFly, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 29, but didn’t disclose his condition to the public until 1998.
If a measly film festival isn’t enough for you, you can literally travel with the cast and crew members from the trilogy, though the itinerary includes Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Haiti, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico, rather than “back to the future” or “back from the future.” The Celebrity Cruise to End Parkinson’s Disease is a collaboration between Team Fox, the fundraising arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the film franchise to raise money and awareness for a cure.
The LA area is going all out for the 30th anniversary with a week dedicated to the films. The We’re Going Back events on Wednesday will include a custom tour of the Universal Studios backlot, a screening of Back to the Future Part II “with surprises!” and an exclusive world premiere of Out Of Time: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine. Events planned for the rest of the week include riding on a hoverboard through Hill Valley with the trilogy’s original stunt team, tours of filming locations, a costume contest, an Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, and a panel discussion with the original cast and crew.
The Million McFly March, AKA the largest gathering of McFlys in history, will take place in Burbank, California to raise money for Team Fox to help fight Parkinson’s disease. Fans will gather at the Burger King where McFly is seen grabbing a hold of a car while riding his skateboard at the beginning of the movie.
Watching the movies and heading to film events aren’t the only ways to celebrate the 30th anniversary and Wednesday’s Future Day. Like the “beautiful views” broadcast “24 hours a day” on the Scenery Channel, art is getting in on the action.
Nice Kicks will host a charity auction on eBay featuring original pieces of artwork inspired by the film franchise. All proceeds generated from the auction will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Over 40 artists have created tributes for the Out a time action.
Photonic Playground began presenting its Save the Clock Tower: A Back to the Future Tribute art show in Santa Ana, California on October 3. The show will run through November 7. On the other side of the Atlantic, New Rule Collective is holding an exhibition of limited-edition prints based on Back to the Future Part II at a gallery in east London. The artwork will also be collected in a book.
The trilogy has also led to some spinoff films. Universal has released the trailer for Jaws 19. As McFly would say, “Shark still looks fake.”
You’d be forgiven if you thought Back to the Future day actually happened a few years ago. In 2012, a photoshopped image was passed around social media which tricked folks into thinking the futuristic date shown in the movie was July 27, 2012. A similar hoax was circulated two years prior, claiming the date in the film was July 5, 2010.
A Tumblr account was created to make it easy to troll your friends with the date, updating the photoshopped image to correspond with the current day, thereby making every day Back to the Future day.
And while it’s certainly exciting to be living in the future, there are numerous websites that point out the things the film got wrong. For instance, we still don’t have flying cars. Or shoes that tie their own shoelaces.
But the movie actually did a great job of predicting wireless video games, 3D movies, and handheld tablets. Plus, there are some great modern inventions that the movie didn’t even fathom at the time – such as GPS and 3D printing.