Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

This 100-minute shot-for-shot amateur-video remake of the 1981 Spielberg-Lucas adventure flick was created over a span of seven years by a group of kids in small-town Reagan-era Mississippi. Filled with ingenious contraptions and overweening jerry-rigs, The Adaptation remakes Raiders on less than 1/2,000th of Paramount's original $20 million budget, conjuring exotic locales out of cardboard sets in parents' basements, casting tweens in Boy Scout uniforms as Nazi bad guys, and rolling a gigantic hand-crafted boulder through the family garage to create the film's signature scene. Nothing short of slapdash spectacular, The Adaptation is indie (or Indy?) filmmaking taken to its greatest and most sublimely ridiculous extreme. (Note: showtimes are double-features with the original Raiders.) (NR) ED HALTER

Feb. 18-19, 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 19-20, 4:30 p.m., 2011

 
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