Back in Time (2015 film)

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Back in Time
Back in Time (2015 documentary film) poster.jpg
Directed byJason Aron
Produced byLouis Krubich
Lee Leshen
Adam F. Goldberg
StarringMichael J. Fox
Christopher Lloyd
Robert Zemeckis
Steven Spielberg
Bob Gale
Lea Thompson
Donald Fullilove
Claudia Wells
Huey Lewis
Alan Silvestri
Frank Price
Dan Harmon
Music byAllen Calmes
G.C. Johnson
CinematographyGregory Lassik
Malka Media Group
Jason Aron Media
Patchwork Media
Distributed byFilmRise
Release date
  • October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$190,000 (estimated)

Back in Time is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Jason Aron. The film explores the production, impact, and legacy of the Back to the Future film series, and includes interviews with members of the series' cast and crew, including Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, as well as fans of the franchise.


The film includes footage of various cast and crew members of the Back to the Future film series, discussing the trilogy and its cultural impact. Among these interviewees are actors Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Donald Fullilove, and Claudia Wells; filmmakers Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, and Steven Spielberg; musicians Huey Lewis and Alan Silvestri; fans of the films such as Dan Harmon, co-creator of the Back to the Future-inspired animated series Rick and Morty; and former head of Columbia Pictures, Frank Price. While delving into the legacy of the films themselves, the documentary also studies the cultural importance of the DeLorean, used as a time machine in the series, the technology involved in creating a real-life hoverboard,[1] and the cast and crew's experiences during the pre-production, production, and post-production of the original film.


Back in Time began as a project conceived by Jason Aron, a fan of the Back to the Future series, that was posted to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter on 26 June 2013.[2][3] Over 600 people backed the campaign, pledging over $45,000 in order for the documentary to be made.[3] The film was shot over a period of two years; while production primarily took place in the United States, another filming location was that of London, England during a Back to the Future fan event.[2] The film was released online on 21 October 2015, the day that the series' protagonist Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II.[4] Shortly after its release, the documentary was added to the Netflix streaming service.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Gregory Weinkauf of The Huffington Post said that the documentary "gets to the heart of the Back to the Future phenomenon, proving as enjoyable as the franchise it affectionately explores", calling it "a delightful return to, and updating of, a beloved story".[6] Reviewer Logan J. Fowler of the website Pop-Break noted that while the film's segment on the science of hover technology didn't "seem to gel in with the rest of the documentary", it was "a well crafted and awesome look back at the movie that changed so many lives in the past, and will continue to do so in the future".[1]


  1. ^ a b Fowler, Logan (26 October 2015). "Film Review: Back in Time". Pop-Break. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Back in Time Film - About". Back in Time. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Back In Time by Jason Aron". Kickstarter. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ Lussier, Germain (10 March 2015). "'Back In Time' Trailer: 'Back to the Future' Documentary Will Open October 2015". SlashFilm. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  5. ^ Meek, Andy (20 October 2015). "New documentary premiering Wednesday on Netflix pulls back curtain on 'Back to the Future'". BGR. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ Weinkauf, Gregory (22 October 2015). "Celebrating "Back to the Future Day" With Jason Aron's Delightful New Documentary, 'Back in Time'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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