The documentary film “Raiders!” is a curious exercise in meta-narrative; it’s a film about a film that is a remake of another film. Co-directed by Jeremy Coon (producer and editor on “Napoleon Dynamite”) and Tim Skousen, “Raiders!” tells the story of two Indiana Jones fanboys who embark on an adventure that rivals the legendary explorer’s onscreen exploits.
Here’s the official synopsis: “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. Thirty 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.'”
“Raiders!” is screening in the Documentary Spotlight section at SXSW and will premiere on Saturday March 14. A screening of the fan film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” will follow.
Check out the “Raiders!” poster below, exclusively on Indiewire. We’ve also included the teaser trailer, which dropped last week.