The documentary Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made chronicles the struggles endured by three young friends to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark over the course of seven summers in their small Mississippi hometown. Beginning in 1981, 11-year-olds Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb would pour their heart and soul into a remake that would test their friendship. After being forgotten for more than a decade, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation developed a cult following in Hollywood before a well-received Butt-Numb-a-Thon screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in 2002 resulted in the remake capturing the nation’s attention. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made also focuses on the efforts by Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala to film their remake’s only missing scene: the plane fight between Indiana Jones and a German mechanic. Directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, and distributed by the Austin-based Drafthouse Films, Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made opened June 17 in Austin. Eric Zala (left) joins Chris Strompolos (right) during this interview.
Aired: June 16, 2016
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