Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
Rare Film Screening / Q&A / Signing
Featuring a rare film screening and an on stage conversation with
star/producer Chris Strompolous, and author Alan Eisentock,
whose brand new book Raiders! chronicles Chris and Eric’s amazing
adolescent adventure remaking their favorite film.
Books will be available and on sale at the event.
You can even have your copy signed.
Have you seen the film preview/book trailer?
Click here to see it on youtube now.
Raiders of the Lost Ark returns to the big screen, the much awaited BluRay
box set is released, and a brand new book, Alan Eisenstock’s Raiders!:
The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made hits the shelves, which
means it’s the perfect time to see the homemade cult sensation Spielberg
himself calls "hugely imaginative!" and meet the boys behind it.
After seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, three 12 year old friends,
Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, began filming their own
shot-by-shot adaptation in the backyards of their Mississippi homes.
Vigilant, resourceful, and a little bit insane, these Mississippi tweens gained
access to sacks of gunpowder, gallons of gasoline, a retired WWII
battleship and a functioning Navy submarine. They broke bones, got
grounded, blew up a garage, and got grounded again. Eric had to be
hospitalized twice, once for having his hair set aflame, and once because
shards of plaster from an exploding head "effect" had to be surgically
removed from his scalp. Seven years later their film was in the can. In 2003
(22 years from the project's inception), Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
watched the tribute and gave it their stamp of approval, calling it "hugely
imaginative," "impressive," and "lovingly detailed."
In 2004, Vanity Fair did an expansive 10,000 word feature on the boys'
experiences making the movie, Quentin Tarantino became a fan, Wes
Craven called the film "phenomenal," and Paramount producer Scott Rudin
purchased the life rights to their story. And now, Alan Eisentock’s
Raiders!, a super-charged (parents: read with caution!) mini-epic that
replaces Hollywood dazzle with something far more compelling: the agony
and ecstasy of raw adolescent delirium.
Click HERE for Vanity Fair article.
Click HERE for a preview.
Click HERE for BBC broadcast report.