Recent 3D remakes of legendary movies like the Lion King and Star Wars (coming soon to a theater near you) indicate consumers’ interest in escaping the present by reliving experiences of their past. But if you hate the fact that you have to put on tinted glasses just to re-enjoy these classics, then you may want to opt for fan-made remakes.

The Star Wars Uncut Project, which encouraged fans to re-make Star Wars Episode 4 “A New Hope” by using the fans’ own artistic and creative ideas, was one of the first of these projects. In 2009, interested participants were asked re-create a 15-second clip of the original film however they liked. The uncut movie reached instant popularity and recognition and even won a 2010 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media-Fiction, but the best was yet to come: the “Director’s Cut” was released in January 2012.

It’s not just the movies that are being re-lived: legendary music artists such as Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson are also being commemorated by fans re-making videos of some of their hit songs.

The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project that continues to invite fans to share their vision of Johnny Cash by customizing various images of Johnny Cash. Each of the fan-made representative portraits are combined and integrated into a re-made music video for Cash’s hit song “Ain’t No Grave.” The creative portraits are strung together in sequence to create an ever-evolving homage to the beloved musical icon and allow for fans to not only enjoy the song but by truly participating in it.

An even more recent project allowed Michael Jackson fans to re-live his presence by being a part of a music video for his song “Behind the Mask”. Fans globally were encouraged to integrate their dancing, musical, vocal and acting skills with signature Michael Jackson styles to create a 100% fan-made video. For Michael Jackson fans, this was a way to keep him alive by imitating his moves and style and releasing his new music video. The fan made music video allows people to continue to  honor and enjoy the legendary icon.

These re-makes are the ultimate way for fans to connect to their icons and share their enthusiasm with a dedicated community. Be prepared for more favorite childhood movies and artists to come back to life—if you keep an eye out, you can even be a part of them.