What would it be like if you could go back in time and talk to a younger version of yourself? Filmmaker and actor Jeremiah McDonald got to experience that process — in a way — thanks to a video tape he made for his future self back in 1992.
Twenty years later, McDonald cut together an interview combining footage of himself in 1992 (at age 12) and in 2012 (age 32).
The result is funny, poignant and ingenious in its presentation — which cuts present-day McDonald against his improvised 12-year old self two decades ago. As precocious as the younger version is, he also has one or two things to teach the older McDonald.
And at least they still share a love of British sci-fi hit, Doctor Who — though the younger McDonald has no idea how cool the rebooted version is going to be (and doesn’t get his elder version’s reference to the episode “Blink,” which features a very similar kind of time-traveling video conversation.)
Watching the short film, I was struck by memories of my own video experiments in elementary, middle and high school. Even in the age before YouTube, the art of self-documentary was alive and well — at least for some of us.
The video already has more than 14,000 likes on YouTube — and seems poised to go ever more viral.
If you could interview yourself from the past, what would you want to know? Let us know in the comments.