In 1982, three 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 true story behind the making of what is known as “the greatest fan film ever made.”
“As fascinating as it is affecting, Raiders! offers an insightful look at fan culture while presenting a poignant portrait of friendship over the passage of time.” – Rotten Tomatoes
“If you see only one movie this summer, see the movie about the movie it took seven summers to make.” – The Globe and Mail
“In a day where middle-aged fans rant on Twitter that Batman vs. Superman, Ghostbusters or some other piece of pop culture “ruined their childhood,” we see how loving Raiders of the Lost Ark not only saved these boys’ childhoods. It saved their adulthoods, too.” – Capital Times
Wednesday, August 10
Doors 6:45 pm | Movie 7:15 pm
Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE (Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, 2015 / 93 mins / PG) 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 is just that: 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.