by Ken Korman
Fan tributes to favorite movies in the form of fake trailers and re-enacted scenes can be found by the thousands on the web these days. But the undisputed pioneers of this peculiar art form are Mississippi natives Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, who started shooting a shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1982 when they were 12 years old and finished the project six summers later.
The resulting DIY masterpiece, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, has become the stuff of legend, ultimately earning the admiration of original Raiders director Steven Spielberg and inspiring a new book called RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. Hollywood producer Scott Rudin has purchased the rights to the teen filmmakers' story, and a feature film based on their experiences is in the works. One day, someone will surely remake the movie about the kids who remade the movie.
Presented by The New Orleans Film Society, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation will get its Louisiana premiere this Saturday night, November 10, at Chalmette Movies at 9:30 p.m. A Q&A with the filmmakers and a book signing will follow the screening. Tickets will be available at the box office.