I'm dying to get my hands on this book. I was at that fateful Butt-Numb-A-Thon in 2002 when Eli Roth brought this innocuous videotape to play between movies, and the ingenuity and heart on display so won over that crowd that some of us wanted to watch that instead of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS. I've seen people dismiss this as just a fan film, but it's more than that. These kids showed real courage, joy, and yes, talent, in getting this made. They didn't make it just so they could throw it on YouTube like so many other fan movies - they made it out of a pure love of cinema, and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in particular, and those magical years changed their lives.
I have yet to see the entire movie - I'm dying to know how they stick the landing - but I think this is more than just copying a great movie; it speaks to a passion that should always be applauded. Here's the trailer to Alan Eisenstock's book. Just look at the little moments of the RAIDERS fan film in this trailer. This was made out of love, even when times got hard; puberty hit (and changed faces and voices forever) and the movie was made for very little money. I'm glad to have been witness to this very strange but heartfelt true story. This is SUPER 8 for real (without the alien):
RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE! comes out November 13th at bookstores everywhere.