“Fast Forward To the Past”
Humorous movie about current day Indiana University students, local residents, and the town of Bloomington, based on historical events.
Synopsis of Plot:
~ Humorous, silly, ridiculous, odd, fun, surprising, and entertaining stories about a Southern Indiana town where people from the world-wide over visit and go to university.
~ Four young college students make best friends with a small group of “townies”, aka “cutters”, who either cannot afford tuition, would rather work, or just hate the idea of spending another four years studying after high school.
~ A special DVD player is the “time machine” that takes college students and “townies” back in time (not in this particular order) to:
1820 – Indiana Theological Seminary established near the present day Second and South Walnut Streets
Setting: Site of the original Indiana University; examples of segregation; funnier times during the Industrial Revolution
1865 – Celebration at the conclusion of the Civil War
Scene: Farmers’ Market by the Monon B-Line
1876 – James A. Woodburn debating clubs discuss the future issues of 19th century America and the world
1884 – Lightning strikes the original university building; Fact or Fiction?
1894 – Kirkwood Hall built out of Indiana limestone on the present day location of the university campus. Setting: Dunn Woods (with talking trees)
1907 – County Courthouse of limestone erected with a clock on the town square. Clock made in Kentuckiana mistakenly gets blown to pieces by illiterate quarry work crew.
1912 – Teddy Roosevelt comes to town during his presidential campaign as the national leader of the Bull Moose Party!
1926 – Famed musician Hoagy Carmichael goes to law school; The “Roaring Twenties” Scene: Music in front of Nick’s on Kirkwood Avenue; outside people’s homes, in concert halls, etc.
1939 – Gala “Gone With the Wind” showing at the IU Auditorium;
Scene: Showalter Fountain
1940 – The last year of peace before the US enters WWII; I.U. wins first national championship; Close relationships formed that might be broken, etc.
1953 – I.U. wins another national men’s basketball championship as the country prospers. Scenes: Wildermuth Fieldhouse, Starlite Drive-In; Sock-Hop
1967 – A time of cultural change – The football team goes to the Rose Bowl. Scenes: IMU and Jordan Meadow, Memorial Stadium tailgating
1976 – A great age for rock and roll. I.U. wins 32 and never loses. Scenes: Assembly Hall, IU Auditorium, 3rd Street, Kirkwood Avenue, Walnut Street
1979 – The annual Little 500 is immortalized on film with “Breaking Away.” Scenes: tbd
1981, 1984, 1987, or 1989 –
1999 – Information Technology’s Y2K Anxiety
2020 – Future scene at Wright Quad beach volleyball match between the housekeeping and dietary staff and the Campus policemen
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