Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory is a 2008 American feature length documentary fan film written and directed by Brandon Kleyla to examine interest in the Indiana Jones films through interviews and profiles of more than 50 devotees of the films.
The definitive look at the legacy left behind by everyone’s favorite Archaeologist, Indiana Jones.
Kleyla had been himself an actor since 1991 when he performed in an equity production of Evita at Daytona Beach Community College. In 1995 he played the character Bobby Fricker in the film Now and Then, followed by his role as Josiah in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996), the young version of the character James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), and the character of Young Kevin in Free Enterprise (1998). In 2000 he partnered with his sister Alexis to form ‘Red Dot Film Studios’, and in 2005 his first project as writer and director was the comedy film The Road to Canyon Lake. Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory became Kleyla’s second project as writer and director.
Kleyla had been wanting to create a documentary about Indiana Jones fandom, and it was the announcement of the fourth film of the series that acted as his impetus. As a self-professed fan of the Indiana Jones films, director Kleyla made note that while there are fan conventions for Star Wars and Star Trek films, there are none for Indiana Jones films. In the summer of 2007, he began work to create a documentary about those he refers to as “the felt-hatted faithful”. Stating that the film began “just for fun”, Kleyla learned through his interview processes that the Indiana Jones films “have really gotten to people”, just as he had himself become a fan of the films when as a child he repeatedly visited the Indiana Jones attraction at Disney World in Florida.
The film’s initial scenes were shot at New Haven, Connecticut where the director had hoped to catch the filming of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, following which production went to San Diego Comicon for additional fan interviews, then interviews with designers of the Indiana Jones attraction at Disney World, interviews with some peripheral members of the Jones production team: whip trainer Anthony DeLongis, costumer Deborah Nadoolman-Landis, and stunt doubles Vic Armstrong and Wendy Leech. The documentary concluded with a trip to Las Vegas to attend an auction of film props which included Indy’s whip and the holy grail prop from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Indiana Jones Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Brandon Kleyla.
- Producer(s): Kevin English and Frank Bettag.
- Writer(s): Brandon Kleyla.
- Music: Michael McCormack.
- Cinematography: James Filsinger, Scott Keeler, Bill Kleyla, and Brandon Kleyla.
- Editor(s): Brandon Kleyla.
- Production: Red Dot Film Studios.
- Distributor(s): Cinema Libre Studio.
- Release Date: 27 April 2008 (Newport Beach International Film Festival) and 07 October 2008 (DVD).
- Running Time: 60 minutes (festival) and 80 minutes (DVD).
- Rating: PG.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.