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Eric Zala
USA, 1982-89, 100 minutes

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IndieFest is delighted to host this extremely rare presentation of the semi legendary shot-for-shot re-creation of Raiders of the Lost Ark made by three 12 year-olds in Mississippi.

Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolos started shooting in 1982 – and didn’t have a clue what they were getting themselves into. Their production wrapped in 1989, and was shelved and forgotten until 2003 when Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) screened a bootleg copy in the middle of the night at Austin’s legendary Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The rest is history.

Their ingenuity is astonishing: watch for the rolling boulder, a submarine, live snakes, the heart-thudding truck sequence, the melting face, the same copy of a 1936 Life magazine that was used in the original, and everywhere flames, flames and more flames. They did a few inventive substitutions: puppy for monkey, boat for plane – but they got a submarine! What makes it more amazing is that there was no reference copy of the original for the kids to watch. Eventually, they (mysteriously) obtained an audiotape of the film recorded in a theater and worked from that. I love these guys!

A feature film based on their childhood is now in production with Dan (Ghost World) Clowes penning the script, which resulted in Producer Scott Rudin buying the intellectual property rights to their childhood. How weird would that be?

All proceeds from this presentation will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

- Bruce Fletcher


Tsunami Relief

Glued to the news, we began to comprehend the enormity and horror of the disaster. So 100% of the proceeds from  our Raiders of the Lost Ark Adaptation screenings will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Please join us at this amazing film, give generously and together we can help ease the suffering. Adult tickets are available for a $20 minimum donation. Children  can donate whatever they can. Thank you.

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