Raiders premieres at 2015 SXSW Film Festival

Earlier this month, we posted about Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation which will be screening after the world premiere screening of Raiders.

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Raiders is a documentary about the story behind the greatest fan film ever made. The world premiere will be at SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX on March 14, 2015. Raiders! chronicles the epic thirty year journey that began in 1982 when two twelve-year-old kids in Mississipi set out to film a mind-bogglingly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Raiders! follows the twenty-five year reunion of most of the original cast and crew, now in their early 40s, in Ocean Springs, MS to finally complete the adaptation with the last missing scene in the summer of 2014. As mentioned in an earlier post, this was the scene that was sucessfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign last year.


How have time and adulthood changed everyone? Will they still have the same determination and excitement they had as kids? What do their family members think of it? This insightful and heartfelt documentary reveals for the first time the full behind-the-scenes story of Chris and Eric’s inspiring journey to finally finish their labor of love. Raiders! digs deep into their friendship and their mutual persistence to complete a seemingly ridiculous and impossible task, reminding us of the innocence and purity we had as children to follow our dreams no matter how crazy or stupid others said they are.

SXSW Film Screening Schedule:

Following the World Premiere screening of Raiders! there will be a special screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adapation, giving SXSW attendees the chance to get the full behind-the-scenes story as well as experience the greatest fan film ever made!

Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar – Saturday, March 14 @ 9:00 PM (World Premiere)

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane – Monday, March 16 @ 12:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar – Thursday, March 19 @ 9:00 PM

Vimeo Theater – Friday, March 20 @ 9:45 PM

Cast & crew attending 2015 SXSW Film Festival:

Directors Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen and cast members Eric Zala & Chris Strompolos will be in attendance.

Director: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen

Executive Producer: Kyle Newman

Producer: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen

Cinematographer: Tim Irwin

Editor: Barry Poltermann

Additional Credits: Cinematographer: Ed Stephenson

Principal Cast: Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, Jayson Lamb, Angela Rodriguez, Guy James Klender, Eli Roth, Harry Knowles, John Rhys Davies, Mark Spain, Francisco Gonzales

For more on Raiders!

Official Site:


The 2015 SXSW Film Festival will run from March 13 to March 21 in Austin, Texas.


About the Author


Jenny Tang

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I love food, films, TV, photography and technology.

You can find me next at SXSW 2015 (Austin, Texas) & Emerald City Comic Con 2015 (Seattle). You can find and contact me at SXSW on SXSW Social.

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