On October 21st 2015, “Back to the Future Day” came and went as internet memes do, but it left an enduring mystery in its wake. Fueled by ’80s nostalgia and a need for topical click-bait, everyone from the Washington Post to Comedy Central zeroed in on a YouTube video that lays out a truly bizarre set of coincidences connecting 9/11 to the time-travel comedy classic Back to the Future.
While this attention thrust the fringe into an unsuspecting mainstream audience, it was met by an overall sense of confusion. Was this another in a long line of conspiracy videos or was this a parody of them? Even though I thought I was one of the ones who “got it,” after interviewing the video’s creator, Joe Alexander, I realized how incomplete my understanding was. I learned more about his full vision for the project, as well as a number of details he was unable to cram into the already dense film. If Joe’s video left you confused, intrigued or inspired, go further down the rabbit hole with these two back-to-back interviews on the 42Minutes podcast:
The first was recorded 3 days before the video went viral. The second is a follow up conversation, recorded 3 days after, discussing the fallout and the details everyone missed.