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12 items from 2016

Review: Why can't we just smile and enjoy the 'Raiders' remake documentary?

21 June 2016 4:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are times where I don't want to write about a film because I know for a fact that publishing my review is going to end up making people I like angry at me, and this is one of those times. But even months after seeing it, I find myself struggling to make sense out of the film Raiders! The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made and the enthusiasm people have for it. I think the film is revealing, certainly, but I wouldn't say I enjoyed it. I also wouldn't call it a celebration of anything. Whether they realize it or not, Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen have given us one of the most searing, ugly portraits of artistic hubris since Overnight. I spent a good portion of my screening at the Drafthouse feeling sick to my stomach, tied in knots by what I was watching instead of elated or moved, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made documentary review: it belongs in a cinema!

17 June 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Thoroughly hilarious, surprisingly poignant portrait of fandom, friendship, and the filmmaking odyssey that consumed the teenage years of three movie lovers. I’m “biast” (pro): Raiders of the Lost Ark is my most favorite movie ever

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 1982, three friends in Mississippi — Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb — set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. You know, just for fun. They were 11 years old, and it took them seven years before they were done with the project… although they were never able to fully finish: they were missing one key scene. I won’t tell you which scene that is, because you can see them go through the adventure and the torment of finally shooting it now, as adults, in the thoroughly hilarious and surprisingly poignant Raiders!: »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 17, 2016)

16 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 17. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Central Intelligence

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Ryan Hansen, Bobby Brown, Megan Park, Timothy John Smith

Synopsis: “After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. »

- Steve Greene

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'Raiders!': How Two Kids Made the Greatest Fan Film Ever

16 June 2016 6:33 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

While other 11-year-olds in Biloxi, Mississippi might have spent their 1980s summer vacations playing endless hours of Space Invaders at the local arcade or tricking dimwits into painting picket fences, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, the subjects of the new documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (opening June 17th), were busy lighting each other on fire.

The two boys first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in the summer of 1981, and like any right-minded latchkey kids in search of adventure (and father figures), they instantly fell in love. »

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Interview: Chris Strompolos of ‘Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made’

15 June 2016 3:32 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – When it comes to movie fandom, there are acolytes and obsessives, but few stories are better than three fanboys in 1982, who loved a certain film so much they decided to do a shot-by-shot remake. This is chronicled in the new documentary, “Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.”

Chris Strompolos was one of those boys – he portrayed Indiana Jones in the remake – and he was joined by his childhood friends Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb. They were 11 years old when they started their project, and came back to it in the next seven summers (yes, they aged to teenagers during the process). In 1989, they finally showed the results of their efforts in a local hometown premiere, and promptly left behind their childhood obsession. The 1980s video quality film then went into the underground cult world, until emerging in 2002 at the “Butt-Numb-a-Thon” film festival sponsored by the »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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A Conversation With the Subjects of ‘Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made’

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is one of the most purely entertaining documentaries you will see this year, a tribute to the joys of cinema and the agonies of childhood. Directors Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen tell the story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, two childhood friends who set […]

The post A Conversation With the Subjects of ‘Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Horror Highlights: Three Life-Size Alien Heads, Swamp Thing Pop! Vinyl Figure, Lion, Raiders!

30 May 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Created by CoolProps, the life-size heads of both the Brown and Blue Alien Warrior as well as the newborn Alien from Alien: Resurrection are now available to pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles. Also: Funko and Previews’ San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Swamp Thing Pop! vinyl figure, a new poster and teaser for the short film Lion, and, lastly, a trailer and theatrical / VOD rollout details for Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

CoolProps’ Life-Size Alien Heads Photos and Release Details: Alien Warrior (Brown) Life-Size Head: “Sideshow and CoolProps are pleased to present the Alien Warrior Life-Size Head Prop Replica. The “Alien Warrior” was part of dozens of aliens that were propagated from the alien queen in the 1986 movie Aliens. Alien Warriors appeared many times in the movie, but only a few suits were made for shooting.

CoolProps has produced this piece based on the original mold, which is without lips, »

- Tamika Jones

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

14 May 2016 8:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A poster and trailer have arrived online for directors Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made;, which details the shot-for-shot remake produced by Mississippi teenagers Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb in the 1980s; take a look below…

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 two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made »

- Amie Cranswick

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Drafthouse Films Picks Up Hot Doc 'Raiders!': Tale of Indiana Jones Fan Film Decades in the Making (Video)

6 January 2016 10:15 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In 1982, best friends Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos set out to remake Steven Spielberg's action/adventure classic, "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Seven years later, after an odyssey that tested their relationship as well as their filmmaking acumen, the result was a remarkable shot-for-shot replica—except for the airplane fight sequence in the North African desert. (Last year, Vice's series "American Obsessions," which unearths stories of the strange cultural phenomena that capture the public imagination, featured an 11-minute short about Zala and Strompolos, including the campaign, thirty years after "Raiders" first appeared in theaters, to shoot the airplane scene. Watch the video below.) Now, Drafthouse Films has acquired the worldwide rights to Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s "Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made," a documentary about their lifelong journey—joined by another friend, Jayson »

- Matt Brennan

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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Fan Film Whips Up Theatrical Release From Drafthouse Films

6 January 2016 10:10 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Drafthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights to Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made,” a documentary about two friends’ lifelong journey to complete their passion project: a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg‘s first Indiana Jones movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” An inspiring testament to creative passion and the powerful role of cinema, “Raiders!” has been a hit on the festival circuit, screening at such festivals as SXSW, Doc NYC, Fantasia International Film Festival and more. After Spielberg’s classic film was released almost 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out. »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Fan Documentary Bought by Drafthouse

6 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Drafthouse Films has acquired the worldwide rights to Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s  documentary “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.”

“Raiders!” has screened last year at SXSW and has played at the Doc NYC and Fantasia International Film Festival. Drafthouse plans a limited theatrical release across North America in the summer alongside a variety of VOD and digital platforms, with a Blu-ray/DVD release later in the year.

The documentary follows Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb and their efforts to make a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” starting out when they were 11-year-olds in Mississippi. They spent seven years on the project and finished every scene except for the film’s airplane setpiece, then reunited over two decades later with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete the film.

The documentary includes interviews with John Rhys-Davies, »

- Dave McNary

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Us Briefs: Andrew Rodgers takes Denver Film Society post

5 January 2016 9:55 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: to Bobby Moresco to write Lamborghini – The Legend for Ambi; Uwe Boll prepares final film… for a while; and more…

Andrew Rodgers has been appointed executive director of the Denver Film Society after serving since 2005 as executive director of the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Rodgers holds an Mba and a degree in journalism. He worked for the Chicago Tribune before serving as a publicist for the Sundance Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival.

During his tenure at RiverRun he grew the event’s annual income by nearly 200% and secured support from Fortune 500 companies.

Bob Clasen, chair of the search committee for Denver Film Society and chair-elect of the Society’s board of directors, said: “Andrew was far and above the most outstanding candidate we reviewed and interviewed.

Crash screenwriter producer Bobby Moresco will write the screenplay for Ambi’s biopic Lamborghini – The Legend based on the Life of Ferruccio Lamborghini. Principal »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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