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.
(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
For downloadable images go to:
Downloadable Raiders Adaptation Photos
For further event info:
VANITY FAIR Magazine feature:
WIRED Magazine feature:
Turner Classic Movies video segment:
The Raider.net (includes clips & more):
100 minutes Unrated
SOURCE Rolling Boulder Films