Documentary about the kids who spent seven summers remaking the first Indiana Jones movie.
What do you do when you really love a movie? The ultimate tribute is you remake it shot-for-shot. In an era when kids often have an attention span measured in mere minutes, the seven summers that a group of kids spent remaking George Lucas‘ classic Raiders of the Lost Ark is inconceivable, but it happened.
The documentary about their efforts is the closing film at the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival. Tickets will be available at the door. The film starts at 7 p.m. Co-director Jeremy Coon and editor Barry Poltermann will be in attendance and participating in a question-and-answer session after the film.
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In 1981, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK dropped onto impressionable youngsters like a pulp-fueled megaton bomb, and while every kid wanted to be like Indiana Jones, teenagers Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala were determined to become him. What transpired over the next seven years as they remade RAIDERS shot for shot was the perfect storm of teen angst, creative determination, and lack of parental oversight as they hung from moving vehicles, recorded their first kisses, and set their mother’s basement on fire. Yet, they were unable to create the classic airplane hangar sequence. Uproariously funny and achingly sweet, RAIDERS! is the must-be-seen-to-be-believed documentary chronicle of their effort, extended 30 years as the now-grown men try to record that elusive sequence.
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.
George Lucas’ dog Indiana, a large Alaskan malamute, was the inspiration for both the character Indiana Jones and another character in a film Harrison Ford starred in. That’s right, the same animal that inspired the universally-known Indiana Jones also inspired the head-to-toe hairy monster Chewbacca.
- Thursday, October 8th, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. – Oriental Theatre
- Runtime: 116 minutes