Northside DIY Filmmaking Competition: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation wi
It's 1981. Raiders of the Lost Ark hits the big screen. Particularly impressed are three highly motivated twelve-year olds who conceive a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders, stunts and all. It would take them seven years. So how do you make a Hollywood film on an allowance? Boy Scout uniforms become Nazi costumes, and Mom's basement transforms into a Tibetan tavern (which nearly burns down). The boys' enthusiasm is a joy to behold, but part of the fun is watching them hit puberty. Voices change, actors appear short in one scene, tall the next. The actor playing Indy even shared his first-ever kiss on-screen with Marion! Raiders: The Adaptation is unavailable on DVD and has screened publicly in only a handful of venues. After a tour of Skywalker Ranch and a meeting with Steven Spielberg, the boys (who are now in their late 30s) sold their life story to Paramount Pictures & producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network). Oscar-nominated screenwriter Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) completed the script as a potential project for director Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa).
This program is a joint effort with the Cinema Arts Center in Long Island and Lake Placid Film Forum, who are both also hosting screenings. Special thanks to Anthology Film Archives.
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