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


added: Wed, Feb 25th '15

If you're going to attend this year's SXSW Film Festival, then the new indie documentary "Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made" could very well be at the top of your must-see list.

Directed by "Napoleon Dynamite" producer Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, the film chronicles the real-life story of three ordinary movie geeks (Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lam) who, in the mid '80s, took seven exhausting years out of their childhood to make a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg's classic blockbuster "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Their incredible tale became the stuff of legend, and their Betamax-shot masterpiece is often referred as "the greatest fan film ever made."

Now three decades later, the three lifelong friends from Mississippi have apparently reunited for the upcoming documentary to finish the only sequence from "Raiders" that they couldn't pull off, but only dreamt of doing: the explosion of the Nazi "Flying Wing" plane.

The documentary "Raiders!" and the shot-for-shot remake "Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation" will both be screened next month at SXSW. But you can get a taste of that awesome 80s nostalgia by watching the film's debut trailer above.

In 1982, two 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother's house. By the end, they had completed every scene except one... the explosive airplane scene. 30 years later, they attempt to finally realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75 foot "Flying Wing" plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi... and then blow it up! This is the story behind the making of what is known as "the greatest fan film ever made."


directed by   Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen

starring   Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, Jayson Lamb, Angela Rodriguez, Guy James Klender, Eli Roth, Harry Knowles, John Rhys Davies, Mark Spain, Francisco Gonzales

release date   March 14, 2015 (SXSW)

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