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Synopsis

“He’s a Peeping Tom!”

Every year, fans of Back to the Future from all over the globe travel to a quiet street in South Pasadena, California. They come to visit the location of a pivotal scene in the movie: the “peeping tom” tree where George McFly (Crispin Glover) is saved by his future son, Marty (Michael J. Fox), changing history forever! That tree sits in the front yard of filmmaker John McDonald who couldn’t resist documenting the passion and devotion of these fans as they regularly descend on Bushnell Avenue to touch (and sometimes climb on) a piece of movie history.

George McFly in the Peeping Tom tree
George McFly (Crispin Glover) in the Peeping Tom tree

Trailer

Take a brief look at the 15-minute presentation available for download below.

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Thank you for your interest in my work!  — John McDonald, Director

Running time for Back to the Future on Bushnell Avenue is 15 minutes, 2 seconds (15:02)

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The Filmmaker

John McDonald, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, has been a filmmaker for the past 35 years and established his production company, John McDonald Productions Inc., in 1980. The company has produced award­‐winning projects for industry, education and television as a full­‐service provider.

John is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the International Documentary Association. John received a degree in Cinema from USC, where he made Cotton Eyed Joe, a globally recognized documentary that made the Oscar’s shortlist. Later, he shot the Oscar­‐nominated short documentary, SQUIRES of San Quentin.

His award-winning feature­‐length documentary The Ghost Mountain Experiment aired on KQED’s Truly CA series and on the CBC’s national Documentary series. Its festival run included Telluride MountainFilm, Big Sky, Cinequest, MountainFilm (Trento), Sedona, and the international environmental film festivals in Washington, D.C. and Rome.

On The Day, shot in Scotland, Canada, and the U.S., was released theatrically in 53 theatres across Canada, aired on the CBC’s national Bold series in 2011 and is distributed in the U.S. by American Public Television. In 2013 John completed the feature documentary, Pipes & Sticks on Route 66, which had nationwide Canadian theatrical release and is scheduled to roll out in the US in 2014.

Filmmaker John McDonald siiting in front of the Peeping Tom tree in a replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine
Filmmaker John McDonald siiting in front of the Peeping Tom tree in Oliver Holler’s replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine

Visitor Gallery

Have a look at some of the folks who have visited the “Peeping Tom” tree.

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