About Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

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In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Miss., Chris Strompolos, 11, asked Eric Zala, 12, a question: “Would you like to help me remake Raiders of the Lost Ark? I’m playing Indiana Jones.” And they did it. Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt. They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a 15-year-old as Indy’s love interest, rounded up 7,000 snakes (sort of), built the ark, the idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys’ faces off. Director Eric Zala is scheduled to be present for the August 20 and August 21 screenings. (HD Presentation)

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