There are fan films, and then there is “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made,” which takes three boys’ infatuation with Steven Spielberg’s classic Indiana Jones adventure “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to limitless extremes.
The three 11-year-olds at the center of this crowd-pleasing documentary fell in love with “Raiders” when it was released in theaters in 1981, and they spent the next seven years of their lives constructing the most devoted tribute to their favorite film: a shot-for-shot adaptation. One scene posed a problem, however, as there was no way the boys could afford to pull off the explosive airplane set piece…that is until two decades later when the cast and crew reunited to complete their fan film masterpiece.
Directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, “Raiders!” is a film for anyone who has ever had a dream they couldn’t quite pull off and for every moviegoer who has ever had that burning attachment to one particular film. The movie earned legions of fans at SXSW, DOC NYC, Fantasia International Film Festival and more, and Drafthouse Films will be bringing it to theaters and On Demand platforms starting June 17. Check out the exclusive poster below, created by Paul Shipper.