Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Justice Girl offered a free ticket to the first soul willing to accompany her to this unique film and I was a willing taker – and I was not disappointed!  What a great evening – the film was consistently entertaining and the rowdy audience vacillated from laughing at the cheesiness and ingenuity of these boys to cheering at some of their marvelous successes.  GO SEE IT and bring your friends that will “get it”.  Great film!

 

Austin Chronicle article

Justice Girls blog:

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

What do you get when you let pre-pubescent boys loose with a home video camera, some video tape and a Raiders of the Lost Ark comic book? Probably not much in most cases, but if Chris Strompolis and Eric Zala are at the helm, you get sheer cinema magic.  Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation is just that.

From the NW Film Forum’s website:

In 1982, three 12-year-old kids from Mississippi set out to create a shot-for-shot remake of their favorite movie, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. They made their own props and costumes, created their own special effects, did their own stunts, and gathered their friends and siblings to fill out the cast. Six years later they finished. The end result is an amazing homegrown homage. The only thing more unbelievable than the kids’ resourceful techniques is witnessing the cast go through puberty (the hero grows stubble, and the heroine grows breasts). We are proud to present RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION in its Seattle premiere with co-director and star Chris Strompolis in attendance. The making of THE ADAPTATION is currently being adapted by genius comic book artist/screenwriter Daniel Clowes (GHOST WORLD, LIKE A VELVET GLOVE WRAPPED IN IRON) into a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.

(Eric Zala, USA, 1982-1988, 115 min)

“A new and genuinely startling viewing experience…like nothing you’ve seen before.” ­Sarah Hepola, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“A very loving and detailed tribute to our Raiders of the Lost Ark…vast amounts of imagination and originality.” -Steven Spielberg

If you’ve read this far, take a minute now to get your tickets for the Saturday night showing of this soon-to-be-classic. I’m guessing it will be the best $7.50 you spend this month. (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/716 or 800-838-3006)

OMG, this is one damn good film. From the opening jungle sequence to the rolling boulder to the Nepali bar scene to Indy being dragged under the car – it’s all there.  These guys didn’t miss a single detail (ok a few, but their omissions don’t detract from the quality of the film).  I wondered all day if the film would truly be a scene-by-scene remake of the adventure classic; it exceeded my expectations ten-fold. Strompolis and Zala did 20 years ago what my 30-something friends and I could only dream of accomplishing now, even with today’s technology and our access to funds and resources. Sure, it took them 6+ years, but they did it.  They captured the essence of Indiana Jones and drove it home in ways you can’t imagine without witnessing for yourself.

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