Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



Back to the Future (1985)

Screening format: DCP (116 Minutes)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Bob Gale

Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson

"Seventeen year old Marty McFly got home early last night...30 years early."

A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

Starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as the eccentric Doc Brown, Back to the Future won the Academy Award® for Best Sound Effect Editing and received multiple nominations, including Best Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Original Song.

This UCSB Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q&A with Oscar® nominated screenwriter Bob Gale and actor Christopher Lloyd. There will be a post Q&A Back to the Future: Enchantment Under the Sea reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.

Back to the Future Reunion Interview - Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Back to the Future Movie Trailer

Director Robert Zemeckis Interview


“I have never appreciated Back to the Future as much as I did tonight (at the Pollock Theater)"-  Christopher Lloyd


Bob Gale, Writer

Bob Gale is a screenwriter, producer, and film director. Creative from a young age, Gale created his own comic book as a teen and co-created film parodies with his brother before going on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema from the University of Southern California. Gale and his fellow classmate, Robert Zemeckis, co-wrote several films together including 1941(1979), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), and Back to the Future. The latter earned the writing duo an Oscar nomination, and Gale continued on to write and co-produce the two sequels. He also wrote the novelization of his previous WWII comedy, 1941. Gale made his feature-film director debut in 2002 with the film Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road. In 2014, he announced a stage musical adaptation of Back to the Future was underway, which he is co-writing.

Christopher Lloyd, Actor

Christopher Llyod began his career apprenticing at summer theaters in Mount Kisco, New York, and Hyannis, Massachusetts shortly before taking acting classes in New York City at the age of nineteen. His first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), but he is well-known for his role as "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski, the ex-hippie cabbie on the TV sitcom Taxi (1978), for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. His role as the the eccentric inventor Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy of science-fiction films earned him a nomination for a Saturn Award. Other notable portrayals include Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Professor Plum in the mystery film Clue (1985), villian Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), and as Uncle Fester in the movie adaptations of The Addams Family (1991).

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan began his career at New York University as Events Manager at the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from an evening with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

He is director of the amazing Pollock Theater and pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which is a selective program offering industry-level experience to students interested in event planning and live TV production. The TV shows produced through this program have generated more than 10.6 million views on UCTV. Many of these episodes come from events in his own series, UCSB Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar® -winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.