Cinephiles of Seattle: whether you’re a fan of the Indiana Jones film franchise or not, you won’t want to miss Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, playing for three nights only, June 17 – 19 at the Northwest Film Forum. The film chronicles three friends who way back in 1989 attempted the impossible: a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. As a bonus, each 7pm screening of the documentary will be followed at 9pm by the trio’s original film. Northwest Film Forum describes the event like so:
The concept is outlandish enough on its own, ambitious beyond reckoning; now imagine that this project was helmed entirely by teenagers over the course of seven years. Just 12 years old when they began their amateur adaptation of Steven Spielberg‘s action classic, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb reconvened in 2014 to put the project to bed by tying up one remaining loose end: the notorious airplane scene, a duel to the death between Indiana Jones and a musclebound Nazi stooge.Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made joins the young entrepreneurs, now grown men, as they reinvest in their childhood passion project and film one last scene. Featuring interviews with Eli Roth and John Rhys-Davies, the film is a celebration of creative dedication; a tribute to tributes, and an acknowledgement of a genuinely singular achievement in American filmmaking.
Raiders! at Northwest Film Forum
When: Friday, June 17 – 19, 7pm
Where: Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave)