So it has come to this: A fan documentary about a fan film based on a big-budget tribute to Republic serials. Pop-culture Mƶbius strip and festival hit Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is finally making its way to theaters and VOD. The documentary, about three 11-year old boys attempting to make a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielbergā€™s Raiders Of The Lost Ark, follows the youngsters all the way to the present day, when the nowogrown men shoot the filmā€™s final sequence: The Flying Wing set piece.

The original fan film, dubbed Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation (the real ā€œmovie with the kids in it,ā€ sorry Hawk Jones) became a favorite amongst film geeks when director Eli Roth got it into the hands of Harry Knowles of Ainā€™t It Cool News. The legend grew after Knowles programmed it as part of his Butt-Numb-A-Thon film festival, and Lee Sandlin of the Chicago Reader praised The Adaptationā€™s ā€œauthenticityā€ and suggested tracking a copy down instead of wasting money going to see Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.


Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will be hitting select theaters and home video on June 17, just in time for the 35th anniversary of Spielbergā€™s action-adventure classic. Two of the original filmmakersā€”Chris Strompolos and Eric Zalaā€”will also be hitting the road to promote the doc on the Raiders: Follow Your Dreams Tour. The guys will be doing Q&As in several cities, leading up to ad just after the filmā€™s wide release. A full list of tour dates is below.

Raiders: Follow Your Dreams Tour

June 2ā€”Northwest Film Forumā€”Seattle, WA

June 3ā€”Hollywood Theatreā€”Portland, OR

June 9ā€”Alamo Drafthouse Missionā€”San Francisco, CA

June 10ā€”Alamo Drafthouse South Lamarā€”Austin, TX

June 11ā€”Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Parkā€”Houston, TX

June 12ā€”Cinefamilyā€”Los Angeles, CA

June 14ā€”Alamo Drafthouse Downton Dallasā€”Dallas, TX

June 17ā€”IFC Film Centerā€”New York, NY

June 18 or 19ā€”Music Box Theatreā€”Chicago, IL

June 20ā€”The Brattle Theatreā€”Boston, MA

June 30ā€”Alamo Drafthouse Main Streetā€”Kansas City, MO

July 1ā€”Alamo Drafthouse Littletonā€”Denver, CO

July 2ā€”SIE Film Centerā€”Denver, CO