Monday, April 4, 2011

ROCK & ROLL CULT FILM TO PLAY CREATIVE ALLIANCE IN RARE SCREENING

Heavy Metal Parking Lot to Make Rare Baltimore Theatrical Screening

WHEN:  Thursday, April 7, at 8:00 PM — ONE NIGHT ONLY
WHERE:
The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: 10 and are available at www.foundfootagefest.com.

This year marks the 25th-anniversary of Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a documentary hailed by rock and film cognoscenti as one of the greatest rock documentaries of all time. To honor the occasion, the film will serve as the “opening band” for the touring comedy showcase, the Found Footage Festival, in a one-night-only engagement at the Creative Alliance

Heavy Metal Parking Lot is a mid-1980s time capsule from the golden age of heavy metal. Armed only with a camera and sound gear, directors Jeff Krulik and John Heyn braved the parking lot of a Judas Priest concert in 1986 and captured 16 dense minutes of raucous and unexpurgated interviews from teenage metal heads.

For nearly twenty years, VHS copies of Heavy Metal Parking Lot were dubbed and passed around, slowly building a worldwide cult following. A bootleg copy allegedly became a band-viewing favorite on Nirvana’s tour bus, and Cameron Crowe called it “one of the greatest rock movies ever.” Since then, the film has garnered a new generation of fans with a special-edition DVD release and a reality-TV series, PARKING LOT. Always a crowd-pleaser, this 25th anniversary tour finally puts HMPL where it was meant to be seen: on the big screen with an audience.

Jeff Krulik & John Heyn have collaborated as filmmakers for over 25 years. Based in Washington, DC, they've worked together and independently on a variety of documentary programming and music videos. Their work together includes the cable TV series Parking Lot, which ran for two seasons on TRIO in 2004-05. Their most-recent effort is the 2010 follow-up documentary, Heavy Metal Picnic.

ABOUT THE FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores throughout the country. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT ACCOLADES

Unintentionally hilarious and the perfect gift for connoisseurs of the absurd.—Entertainment Weekly's 2002 'It' List

A "real" documentary...suggests that SPINAL TAP might have understated the case.—SPIN, September 2002 (The Metal Issue)

A time capsule...stoned worshippers at the shrine of their own bewilderment. —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times 6/28/02

A 15-minute video record of drunk, messed-up metal heads...it's mind blowing.—Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide

A wonderfully wacked-out 15-minute dive into ecstatic pre-concert chaos.—San Francisco Weekly, June 2002

The resulting 15-minute film captured mid-80s suburban metal mania so accurately, affectionately and hilariously that it became a word of mouth classic.—Baltimore City Paper, 5/13/98

A film that, without formal distribution, has endured for over 10 years through bootlegging and word of mouth circulation by record company heads, rock bands and cultish cineastes.—Images Festival of Independent Film and Video Toronto, April 1997

It gave me the creeps.—(postcard from) John Waters, 1987