Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
In 1982, three 11 year olds in Mississippi decided to do a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took them all 7 summers of their youth. They finished every scene…execpt one. That final scene would take another 25 years.
Raiders! follows the twenty-five year reunion of most of the original cast and crew, now in their early 40s, in Ocean Springs, MS to finally complete the adaptation with this last missing scene in the summer of 2014.
This insightful and heartfelt documentary reveals for the first time the full behind-the-scenes story of Chris Strompolos’ and Eric Zala’s inspiring journey to finally finish their labor of love. Raiders! digs deep into their friendship and their mutual persistence to complete a seemingly ridiculous and impossible task, reminding us of the innocence and purity we had as children to follow our dreams no matter how crazy or stupid others said they are.
At 3 PM we will screen the documentary: RAIDERS! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
After that, at 4:45, we’ll have live Q&A with Eric Zala, director of The Adaptation.
Then at 5:30, we’ll screen the cult classic: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Adaptation.
Come for the whole event, or come for any part(s) of the program!
About the artist
Eric Zala, one of the original filmmakers, will be on hand for Q & A.
""Raiders!" captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people's imaginations"
"Illustrates how honest enthusiasm can gradually transform itself into ego, arrogance, and borderline obsession."
"That childlike spirit, of loving a movie so much you have to just become it, pulses through their 'Raiders' adaptation, and through much of the documentary as well."