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Image 1: Raiders! film poster
Image 2: Chris Strompolous, Alan Eisenstock and Eric Zala
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2012
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION
With star/producer Chris Strompolous & author Alan Eisenstock
Rare Film Screening / Q&A / Book Signing
Friday, January 4 at 8PM
Presented at UC PAC’s Hamilton Stage
360 Hamilton St, Rahway, NJ
Box Office and Information: UCPAC.org or 732-499-8226
RAHWAY, NJ – Are you having a hard time finding a truly singular present for your favorite pop culture geek? Buy them an advance ticket to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION! It’s not available online or on DVD; the only way to see this hilarious and incredible film is at one of their rare screenings. Get your tickets now for a screening of the film in Rahway, discussion and Q& A and book signing with star/producer Chris Strompolous & author Alan Eisenstock presented at UC PAC’s Hamilton Stage (360 Hamilton Street, Rahway) on Friday, January 4 at 8PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at UCPAC.org or call the box office at 732-499-8226.
Raiders of the Lost Ark returned to the big screen this fall, the much awaited BluRay box set was released in October, and a brand new book, Alan Eisenstock’s Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made hit the shelves only weeks ago...which means it’s the perfect time to see the homemade cult sensation Spielberg himself calls "hugely imaginative!" and meet the boys behind it.
Featuring a rare screening of the film and an on stage conversation with producer/star Chris Strompolous and author Alan Eisentock, whose brand new book Raiders! chronicles Chris's amazing adolescent adventure remaking his favorite film. Books will be on sale at the event.
For the film preview/book trailer visit: ttp://www.youtube.com/user/raidersbook
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. In 2003 (22 years from the project's inception), Steven Spielberg and George Lucas watched the tribute and gave it their stamp of approval, calling it "hugely imaginative," "impressive," and "lovingly detailed."
In 2004, Vanity Fair did an expansive 10,000 word feature on the boys' experiences making the movie, Quentin Tarantino became a fan, Wes Craven called the film "phenomenal," and Paramount producer Scott Rudin purchased the life rights to their story. And now, Alan Eisentock’s Raiders!, a super-charged mini-epic that replaces Hollywood dazzle with something far more compelling: the agony and ecstasy of raw adolescent delirium.
SEE THE FILM! BUY THE BOOK! MEET THE BOYS BEHIND IT ALL!
TICKETS: Available at the UC PAC/Hamilton Stage Box Office at 732-499-8226 or online at UCPAC.org. The UCPAC Box Office, located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ, is open Tuesday through Friday from 11AM until 5PM and also open late on Thursdays until 8PM.
About HAMILTON STAGE: Hamilton Stage is a project of the City of Rahway Redevelopment Agency. It is independently operated under the governance of Union County Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.
Located in the heart of the Rahway Arts District, Hamilton Stage is within walking distance of the Rahway NJ Transit train station and can be reached by taking exit 135 from the Garden State Parkway or exit 12 from the NJ Turnpike.
Located at 360 Hamilton Street, Hamilton Stage includes an intimate 199-seat proscenium theater and a flexible 60-seat theater and rehearsal hall designed to complement UC PAC’s 1334-seat Main stage, the 70-seat The Loft, and the nearby 60-seat concert venue called “1591.” When combined, these five performing arts spaces make the UC PAC campus one of the most versatile creative spaces in the state.
Adjacent to Hamilton Stage is a new brightly lit parking lot with more than 100 spaces, all connected by the beautiful new Arts Riverwalk along the North Branch of the Rahway River.
ABOUT UNION COUNTY PAC: The Union County Performing Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation operating in the historic Rahway Theatre, originally built in 1928. With 1,300 seats, the Union County PAC is one of the largest theatres in Union County.
The Arts Center provides barrier-free access and seating for patrons upon request. Programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
Box Office – 732-499-8226
Online – www.ucpac.org
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