'Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation' to Have LA Premiere at Mann's Chinese

Teenagers' Tribute Called the 'Greatest Fan Film Yet'

All proceeds to benefit the FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN FOUNDATION, a non-profit


May 08, 2008, 01:00 ET from Rolling Boulder Films

    LOS ANGELES, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- It took seven summers to make,
 required a cast of, well, dozens, and included the star's first on and
 off-screen kiss, but "Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation," has become
 a favorite of film festivals around the world. Scott Rudin bought the
 rights to the filmmakers' story for a Paramount feature film, and Steven
 Spielberg to Eli Roth to Quentin Tarantino have declared themselves fans of
 the film. Now the 100 minute feature will make its Los Angeles premiere at
 Mann's Chinese Theater, at a one-night-only screening on Wednesday, May 14
 at 7:30 pm.
     Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos were just 12 years old when they set out
 to make their own shot-by-shot re-creation of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
 They finished at age 19. By saving up their allowances, hijacking younger
 siblings, and setting Eric's basement on fire, they used astonishing
 ingenuity to make a film that is surprisingly entertaining, even stunning.
 It's been hailed as the "greatest fan film yet" by Wired.com, "the best
 damn fan film I have ever seen... pure magic" by Harry Knowles, and
 "phenomenal" by Wes Craven.
     For 15 years, "Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Adaptation" was nearly a
 forgotten masterpiece, until Harry Knowles obtained a copy from Eli Roth
 and screened it at his film festival. It became an instant phenomenon,
 featured in Vanity Fair, The Today Show, and NPR, but because of rights
 issues, the young filmmakers have carefully controlled the film's venues.
     "Due to copyright issues, revenue from the screenings of our film must
 go to a non-profit organization," noted Strompolos, "a reason why we're
 very selective about where we screen."
     "We've shown this film all over the world," says Zala, "and it's still
 exciting to us to see the reaction. It makes the near-permanent loss of my
 eyebrows during filming well worth it."
     Scott Rudin purchased their story rights and the feature film about
 their childhood adventures, with Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) penning the
 script, is in active development by Paramount.
Wednesday, May 14 -- 7:30 PM Mann's Chinese Theater 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Tickets are available to purchase in advance online at the Mann Theatre website, at the Mann Chinese Theatre Box Office or call 323.461.3331. http://www.movietickets.com/movie_detail.asp?movie_id=46732&tstate=3&rel=&S ear
chZip=90028&ShowDate=6&SearchRadius=15 (Please copy and paste the above link into your browser) Admission: $12. CHARITY FUNDRAISER. All proceeds to benefit the FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization. http://www.festivalofchildren.org For downloadable images go to: Downloadable Raiders Adaptation Photos (http://www.savefile.com/files/1248742) For further event info: http://www.myspace.com/rollingboulderfilms VANITY FAIR Magazine feature:
WIRED Magazine feature: http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/news/2007/05/diy_raiders Turner Classic Movies video segment: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/index/?cid=187535 The Raider.net (includes clips & more): http://www.theraider.net/films/raiders_adaptation/index.php 100 minutes Unrated

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