When Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala started their epic Raiders of the Lost Ark remake, they were a pair of preteens with limitless ambition and absolutely zero idea how to make a movie. By the time they’d finished Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation seven years and several near-catastrophes later, the two had created a fan film so special, even the original’s creator was impressed.
“Every scene is done to the T, re-created with their video cameras,” explains Tom DeFrancia of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. “It’s very impressive that kids could go out and re-create this big-budget film and pull it off. And get Steven Spielberg’s attention! He saw it and flipped out and called them personally.”
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From small character moments to elaborate set pieces like the fire in the bar, the film recasts every bit of the classic in lo-fi, low-budget glory, making for a unique experience that will please fans of the original as well as anyone who loves a good underdog story. Strompolos will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, and answer questions about the film.
The screening starts at 6 p.m. at Alamo, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton; tickets are $12.50. For information, visit drafthouse.com/denver.
Sat., May 11, 6 p.m., 2013