Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Thursday, July 10, 2008

MCASD invites you to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the Museum’s free third annual Parking Lot Pictures. As moviegoers flock to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at multiplexes, MCASD hosts the San Diego premiere of “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” against the oceanfront backdrop of MCASD La Jolla’s parking lot. Back in 1982, the then-12-year-old filmmakers Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lamb made this shot-by-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s 1981 classic adventure film, filming in their Mississippi neighborhood.

Shot for $7,000 over a period of seven years and rarely screened for the public, “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” might just be one of the most heartfelt, no-budget homages to movie love ever made. Coincidentally, Paramount Pictures is currently developing a feature film with screenwriter Dan Clowes (of Ghost World fame) to tell their story on the big screen. MCASD invites you to enjoy these movie fans’ labor of love that dares to ask what it might feel like to be Indiana Jones. Strompolos and Zala will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session.