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'Back to the Future II' Inspired Documentary Focuses on 2015 Tech

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April 15, 2014
Source: Film School Rejects

Back to the Future Part II

Though the HUVr tech hoverboards inspired by Back to the Future Part II turned out to be an obvious hoax, at least Nike's power laces are a real thing coming in 2015. The fact that we're able to talk about these things so commonly, and most of the general population knows what we're talking about, just goes to show you how engrained the Robert Zemeckis' time traveling trilogy has been on pop culture. In fact, the technology "created" to populate the year 2015 in the sequel has been referenced and used as inspiration for real science for decades. Now a new documentary aims to explore just how accurate the film's prediction of future technology turned out to be or how far we are from realizing Zemeckis' film vision of 2015. Read on!

Film School Rejects called our attention to a documentary from unknown British director John Plaskett called Back to the Future Again that is looking for some funds on Kickstarter to help lock down the expensive cost of licensing the footage and music from the film in order to better illustrate their comparison between Back to the Future Part II's vision of 2015, and where we're actually at today as a society. Here's the pitch video from the film's Kickstarter page to tickle your fancy:

And so the film needs £403,160 (or what amounts to $675,365.73), with more than half that budget going to secure Back to the Future Part II footage and music. The rest will allow the filmmaker's to create the documentary itself, hoping to explore how far we are from some of the 2015 technology that hasn't been realized yet such as hoverboards, home food hydrators, flying cars and more. There will also be time devoted to the culture created for the faux 2015, including fashion designers talking about the style itself (remember the double neckties and bright colors?).

The filmmakers already have some great interviews lined up to make this as in-depth as possible, including screenwriter Bob Gale, costume designer Joanna Johnston, art director Marjorie McShirley, special effects supervisor Michael Lanieri and the visual effects art director, who was also responsible for the 2015 world building, John Bell. And then other outside experts will talk about the logistics of making some of the fake 2015 technology a reality. It certainly sounds like a fun documentary, and if you want to see it happen, help out by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign right here. Anyone interested?

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  • DAVIDPD
    This looks incredibly fun! But I would be afraid it might just turn into a huge advertisement for Mattel, Nike, and Libya.
    • TheOct8pus
      And flux capacitators...
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    Sick of Back to the Future now. It was an alright film when I was 12, but being reminded of it every 2 weeks is getting old.

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