Great Scott! Stacy Embry goes back to the future...
You may not know but the original working title for Back To The Future was actually Back In Time. Huey Lewis turned that phrase into what was intended to be the title song, and his work, along with the truly soaring compositions from Alan Silvestri, featured on an impressive soundtrack album. But even as a stand alone piece, Lewis' Back In Time is a catchy song and worthy of lead track status. However, when they changed the title of the movie it ended up moving down the ranks and becoming the song playing on the radio when Marty McFly wakes in the altered 1985, where his mom is thin and in love with his Dad, a respected author.
How they got there, and why they picked another of Lewis' pieces, The Power of Love, as the main theme is now just one small part of the historical lore of the mad scientist who made "a time machine....out of a DeLorean". A lore that has had a very real impact on popular culture, from a movie that, 30 years on, still reaches everyone.
Back In Time is also the name of an upcoming documentary that digs deep into what Back To The Future and it's two sequels have meant to our culture. It's not a simple “making of” documentary, but rather one which explores the incredible, lasting resonance of the trilogy through the eyes of cast members and crew of the films, as well as some of the ultimate fans of the trilogy. Plus, the classic DeLorean Time Machine itself, of course.
I saw the potential of this documentary when I read its humble origins on Kickstarter. I put my money where my mind was and am proud to be one of its original backers. Yes, I got the merch from my contribution level, but I also got to be a part of the film. I got updates and watched it take off.
And boy did it take off!.
Once the creators started filming their POV, everyone climbed on board... actors, producers, writers... to tell the story of a car and a time - 1985. In the trailer below you will see how comprehensive this became when you hear the likes of Steven Spielberg, Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd tell you about their experience. Personally, I was also lucky enough to be on the set of television show Family Ties during filming that season, 1985-86 on NBC, and I can tell you - no one, I mean NO ONE, thought this was a cultural touchstone we'd examine thirty years later.
Back in Time will released on October 21st this fall. So I'm asking, please support our film. (I have only the loosest grip on the word "our", but it feels right.) After all, be it a DeLorean or Police Call Box, wouldn't we want to get to 88mph at least once? A defining time in my life, Back To The Future and 1985 are true cultural touchstones, and it's my honor to bring this quality work to your attention.
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set to motion. Yet, gentle reader, she feels compelled to clarify that
she writes opinion or editorial pieces. By using logic and reasoning,
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