Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Canadian from Montreal)
Raiders! - The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
The documentary is finally out and is starting to make the rounds at film festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Since mid-March, it has been shown in Austin, Dallas, Chicago and Toronto. Having not heard anything about its release, it came as quite a surprise to read an article about it in a Canadian newspaper a few days ago.
Reviews that I've read have been mixed, mainly for unevenness & editing, but I still cannot wait for the chance to watch this crazy & fascinating tale. (Although vital to the story, one thing I'm NOT looking forward to is seeing more than 5 seconds of that disgusting, fat slob with the unruly red hair & beard.)
Congratulations to Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Angela Rodriguez. Next step is a "Hollywood" version with actors playing you as tweens!
Anyone lucky enough to catch it yet? Please post reviews or upcoming screenings.
Dig the poster design. Reminds me of those 3 Indy mosaic graphics by Maxime Pecourt.
Just saw this at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight with Chris and Eric (as well as Tim League) in attendance with an awesome Q&A between the Raiders! and Adaptation screenings.
This was the first time I'd seen the 2015 cut of the Adaptation with the plane scene integrated. Chill-inducing and fits surprisingly well with the original footage. If anything it just enhances the craft and intent of the original that much more by showing just how close they can get when given the time and resources.
Just wonderful and I highly recommend catching it for the shared experience of seeing it in a crowd if it shows in a theater near you.
I saw this at The Cinefamily event in DownTown Los Angeles Sunday with Chris and Eric there.
I've long read about this Adaptation(thanks to this website ) and seen some clips of YouTube, but this was the first time I had ever watched this from beginning to end. It was definitely a riot, as someone who also spent my time making crappy student movies when I was that age(that I said, I never put as much dedication to any particular project as they did). The new scene with the airplane propeller was actually quite impressive(camcorders have come a long way in our HD world).
The documentary was great, as it was a very fun story of fan obsession. Some people could make fun of the lack of originality in Hollywood due to the fact that bio-pic is in the process of development, but watching this documentary it was clear a very entertaining bio-pic could easily be made as their story was a perfect balance of comedy and drama; the story would tackle all of the aspects of human drama from crime and police interaction to parental divorce to friendship betrayal. And the fact that all of this hard work went into something that was a shot-for-shot remake of a classic would certainly make for a hilarious feature in the vein of say Ed Wood. It was nice to see they managed to interview John Rhys-Davis.
Even chatted a little bit with both Chris and Eric before heading out. Fun night.
I finally had a chance to watch this, and it's excellent. The outtakes from the 1980s are just as interesting as the adaptation, so this was the right approach. Releasing a documentary is often the right step towards a dramatization (Jack Abramoff and Harvey Milk features come to mind), if that's still in the cards. There were three and a half decades to work with (Clint Eastwood just made a feature about 3.5 minutes!) and it's moves fast like an adventure film should. This means it was trimmed for speed, and 30 minutes of deleted scenes are on the Blu Ray, for a total of 90 minutes of bonus features. Also it avoids a pet peeve of mine, cropping aspect ratios so everything fits current televisions.
The few dissenters question the pursuit of something unoriginal, someone else's intellectual property. They would call into question any fan creation. I think this is misguided because, that's how you learn. I once worked at a camp in Europe where it seemed everyone could play guitar, and the song book was stuffed with American hits, but I couldn't play a chord, partly because of the expectation to got good enough to create your own thing. It's better to participate in the enjoyment with no timetable in mind. Satire is an outlet to have it both ways, and that can get you noticed professionally.