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Dallas Video Festival Preview


by Manuel Mendoza 27 Aug 2008

Still from Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation News of this year’s lineup at the Dallas Video Festival has begun trickling out, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, a shot-by-shot remake of the original Indiana Jones movie by a trio of Mississippi teenagers. Actually, the boys were 12 when they started […]

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Still from Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

News of this year’s lineup at the Dallas Video Festival has begun trickling out, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, a shot-by-shot remake of the original Indiana Jones movie by a trio of Mississippi teenagers. Actually, the boys were 12 when they started re-creating the film in 1982, a process that took seven years.

As Hollywood prepares a feature about their quest, producer Chris Strompolos and director Eric Zala are on the festival circuit this summer and fall. The now-grown men will be here for a screening at the 21st annual Dallas Video Festival, Oct. 3-5, at the Angelika.

Festival director Bart Weiss says The Adaptation is an early example of the media culture’s obsession with re-cutting and remaking. “There’s more media that imitates media that ever before. There’s something now in our culture about re-contextualizing material.”

Also at the festival:

Mr. Bill creator Walter Williams, who is still working with the Play-Doh character of 1970s Saturday Night Live fame, with segments about New Orleans and Katrina.

Guts N Glory, a 16mm version of the 24-Hour Video Race, now in its third year.

The Albert Maysles Award to an emerging documentarian of the legendary filmmaker’s choosing, with Maysles and the winner attending.

The London International Advertising Awards, one of the most popular recurring features of the festival.

The Texas Show, a juried compilation of shorts that traditionally closes the festival.

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