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A Conversation with Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala, the guys who made what many consider to be the greatest fan film ever made— Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016


35 years ago Raiders of the Lost Ark came out and was a hit. Folks flocked to the theater to see it. For some it was like a blast from the past—bringing back memories of the serials they watched in theaters back in the 30’s and 40’s. For other—those a bit younger—it was just great, exciting fun.

MV5BMTQ2NzQwMzM3NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTkzODY4ODE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_And for some others it was…it was what? Something that would become the cornerstone of their lives?

If you listened to last week’s program—a repeat from November of last year—you heard the conversation I had with Chris Strompolos about how he and Eric Zala—all of 10 and 11 years old at the time—decided to do a shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

What they didn’t realize at the time was that it would consume the rest of their childhood and a12RAIDERS3-blog427 good portion of their adult lives as well.

It’s a remarkable story of friendship, dreams, perseverance, boulders and flying wings.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Chris and Eric on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

CLICK HERE for the link to Rolling Boulder Films Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for the article by Mekado Murphy published in the International NY Times entitled: They Remade ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Here’s Why. June 8, 2016.

CLICK HERE for the “Ain’t It Cool” review of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: The Adaptation.

CLICK HERE for Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation wikipedia page.

CLICK HERE for the IndieWire article I first read that lead me to Chris and Eric.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry I wrote for the conversation I had with Chris last year.



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