ON 8 PM, Fri. Aug 26, The Raconteur collaborates with the
It's the 30 year anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the summer of Super 8, which means it's the
perfect time to see the homemade cult
sensation Spielberg himself calls "hugely imaginative!"
After seeing Raiders
of the Lost Ark in 1981, three 12 year old friends, Chris Strompolos,
Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, began filming their own shot-by-shot adaptation in
the backyards of their Mississippi homes. Vigilant, resourceful, and a little bit insane, these Mississippi
tweens gained access to sacks of gunpowder, gallons of gasoline, a retired
WWII battleship and a functioning Navy submarine. They broke bones,
got grounded, blew up a garage, and got grounded again. Eric had to be
hospitalized twice, once for having his hair set aflame, and once because
shards of plaster from an exploding head "effect" had to be surgically
removed from his scalp. Seven years later their film was in the can.