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Independent Film Festival Boston • April 25 – May 2, 2018

The Brattle Theatre40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 • Harvard Square • 617 876-6837 • [email protected]

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Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Special Engagements ArchivePremieres ArchiveRaiders Weekend

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

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Area Theatrical Premiere!

(2016) dir Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen w/Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, John Rhys-Davies, Eli Roth, Chris Gore, Harry Knowles [93 min]
After Steven Spielberg’s classic RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene… except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over the following two decades, as the friends went in different directions and their friendships dissolved, the legend of this piece of fan-made film-love grew and grew. It was traded on VHS tapes and screened in basements until it came to the attention of one of the biggest cheerleaders for film-fandom, Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, who brought it into the light of the mainstream. Reunited by the subsequent explosion of audience and media interest, the trio became determined to complete their childhood masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, RAIDERS!: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE is the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision – mixed in with some movie magic – to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic.

“Captures the lunacy and love of fandom and friendship.” – The Guardian

“Raiders! nicely interweaves the bittersweet history of the remake with a behind-the-scenes look at the middle-aged Strompolos and Zala collaborating for the first time in decades.” – Scott Tobias, NPR

“A testament to the transporting power of movie love.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Hugely entertaining…the ‘Boyhood’ of fan movies.” – IGN

“A valentine to movies, to being a kid, and to not being told what you can and can’t do.” – Flavorwire

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Friday 7/8
at 5:15 7:15 PM
Saturday 7/9
at 3:00 5:00 PM
Sunday 7/10
at 7:15 PM
Monday 7/11
at 9:30 PM

 
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