Live Read: Back to the Future


Live Read: Back to the Future

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Fire up your flux capacitor up to 1.21 gigawatts and floor it to 88 mph because Film Independent is going Back to the Future! Beloved improvisor and actor Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog, Renfield, Parks and Recreation) will direct and star as Marty McFly in this wild ride from writer Bob Gale and writer/director Robert Zemeckis. Experience some of cinema’s most iconic characters – Marty, Doc Brown, George McFly, Biff – reinvented by a cast of outstanding actors.

Audience members are encouraged to attend in costume, either as a 1950s resident of Hill Valley or a 1980s time traveler like Marty himself. We’ll be holding a costume contest, with the winner receiving a poster signed by the cast, which will include…

Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary), Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Drew Tarver (The Other Two), Tawny Newsome (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) and Gil Ozeri (Big Mouth), along with Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast) as narrator.

Arts Circle Members receive access to the Founders Room, including complimentary beverages, one hour prior to showtime.

When Marty McFly agrees to help his eccentric mad scientist friend, Emmett “Doc” Brown, with videotaping his newest experiment, he unexpectedly gets sent back 30 years to 1955. At first, Marty thinks his biggest problem is finding the plutonium necessary to power the DeLorean time machine back to his own time, but he soon learns that a chance encounter with his own mother, herself a teenager, may have set a series of events in motion that could lead to him never being born. This classic teen science-fiction adventure was the highest grossing movie worldwide in 1985, was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay, and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2007.

Ben Schwartz can be seen alongside Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult and Awkwafina in Universal Pictures’ Dracula reboot, Renfield. He starred in Lord & Miller’s AppleTV+ miniseries The Afterparty, as well as Greg Daniels and Steve Carell’s Netflix series Space Force. Ben is currently the voice of Sonic in the Sonic the Hedgehog films from Paramount. Other credits include the Showtime series House of Lies, opposite Don Cheadle & Kristen Bell; Parks and Recreation, alongside Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza and Aziz Ansari; and This Is Where I Leave You. He co-created and stars in three improv specials on Netflix, entitled Middleditch & Schwartz, and can currently be seen on tour with his improv group Ben Schwartz & Friends, which will play Radio City Music Hall later this year. He has lent his voice to various animated shows such as Ducktales and Rise of the TMNT. As a writer, Ben has published four books and written television shows and movies for many major studios.


$30 for Film Independent Members, $40 for the general public. Proof of Member status is required to reserve tickets at the Member price; limit two tickets per order.


Please note: This event has reached its registration capacity.

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