Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made


Directed by
Tim Skousen & Jeremy Coon
Produced by
Tim Skousen & Jeremy Coon
Edited by
Barry Poltermann


Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made follows three childhood friends, Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb, from 1982 to 1989 as they set out to make a fan film of Raiders of the Lost Ark. 35 years later in 2014, it shows how they get back together to finish filming the “plane sequence”, a previously missing scene from their remake.

 Rotten Tomatoes reported a 91% approval rating based on 53 reviews. The website’s consensus reads: “As fascinating as it is affecting, Raiders! offers an insightful look at fan culture while presenting a poignant portrait of friendship over the passage of time.”

A Steven Spielberg-inspired story so sweet, the “E.T.” director himself could have devised it.

Judy Berman
The New York Times

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, isn’t the kids’ finished film. It’s a film about the making of their film—and it’s amazing.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Captures the lunacy and love of fandom and friendship.

Lanre Bakare
The Guardian

Truly Spielbergian… a love poem to film geeks everywhere.

Odie Henderson

Raiders captures the spirit of the Orson Welles — filmmaking is the biggest electric-train set any boy ever had.

Mike D'Angelo
The AV Club

Raiders is half sweet and half sour; it pays homage to a brilliantly influential movie, it illustrates the simple joys of fanboy imitation games, and it shows how honest enthusiasm can gradually transform itself into ego, arrogance, and borderline obsession.

Scott Weinberg
The Nerdist

A fascinating illustration of the power of film and why movies can be magical, making a statement about why the art form is important.

Chris Agar
Screen Rant