Reston, Virginia to Change Its Name to Hill Valley to Celebrate Washington West Film Festival Screening

Posted Oct 01 2015

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution in honor of the 5th Annual Washington West International Film Festival's tribute to the 30th anniversary of the iconic film Back to the Future, ceremoniously changing the name of Reston, Virginia to "Hill Valley" from October 21–25, 2015.

 

“Beyond celebrating the iconic movie experience the trilogy has been for millions of people, Back to the Future represents for us the idea of dreaming what could be, and the potential personal impact every individual can have on the future,” said Washington West Founder and President, Brad Russell. “Washington West is entirely about inspiring innovative ways to change our future and our world.”

Headquartered in the technology hub of Reston, Virginia, the Washington West Film Festival, with the support of Universal Pictures, will host a Red Carpet screening of Back to the Future Sunday evening, October 25th. Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc Brown; Trilogy co-writer and co-producer, Bob Gale; Claudia Wells, who played Jennifer in part one, and James Tolkan, who played Principal Strickland will all be in attendance at the screening. Other special guests are expected to attend. The name change will take effect on Wednesday, October 21, 2015; the very date main characters Doc and Marty, played by Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox respectively, took the DeLorean time machine into the future.

As part of their unique model, Washington West will give 100% of box office net proceeds from the #GiveBackToTheFuture red carpet screening to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research. “The Michael J. Fox Foundation remains grateful to the Washington West Film Festival for their support and for their eagerness to join in our efforts to help speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease,” says Associate Director of Team Fox, Liz Diemer.

“2015 is a big year for Back to the Future fans, and it has been both inspiring and humbling to see the many ways that this community has transformed their many and varied celebrations into opportunities to make a difference,” continues Diemer.

DeLorean Time Machines, raffles/auctions, and more will be a part of the celebration. On Wednesday, October 21st, Washington West will also host a pre-fest marathon screening of the Back to the Future trilogy at Reston Town Center's Bow Tie Cinemas. Back In Time, a documentary exploring the cultural impact of the cult classic trilogy will have its DC premiere on Sunday before the red carpet screening. For more information about the #GiveBackToTheFuture screening and additional Back to the Future events, please visit www.wwfilmfest.com/films.

About Washington West Film Festival
The Washington West Film Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization driven by the idea: Story Can Change the World. Washington West is the only film festival in the world that turns its audience members into producers of real-life stories of hope, as 100% of box office net proceeds are given each year to projects committed to alleviating hunger, disease, displacement, or poor education, in Washington, DC and around the world. The Washington West Film Festival celebrates its 5th festival this October 21-27, 2015, with 40+ films from around the world at venues across the greater D.C. region, including Reston (three locations), Wolf Trap Foundation For The Performing Arts, the National Press Club, George Mason University, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, Loudoun County (two locations), and the Angelika Film Center. For film announcements, special events, and ticket information please go to www.wwfilmfest.com.

About Team Fox
Team Fox started is the grassroots community fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Currently, Team Fox has over 1,800 active members annually hosting events and fundraising. Team Fox members have collectively raised more than $30 million toward accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s Research, pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program, and has invested more than $450 million in research to date.


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