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SxSW Heavy Metal Parking Lot 30th anniversary screenings to kick off South by Southwest in Austin

12 March 2016 No Comment

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Before youtube took the world by storm spitting out viral videos by the minute you relied on that one buddy to bring over a DVD or VHS that usually began with “you have to see this.” Pre-viral underground masterpieces like Bum Fights, GG Allin Hated in the Nation, and Heavy Metal Parking Lot.

On May 31, 1986, Judas Priest & Dokken fans were filmed in their natural environment, a concert arena parking lot in suburban Maryland. Thirty years later, Heavy Metal Parking Lot is considered among the greatest rock and roll documentaries ever recorded. T0 celebrate this momentous occasion a screening of the film will kick off the South by Southwest – SxSW festivities on March 12. In addition The Barton Hills Choir will perform Judas Priest’s ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’ with heavy metal/hard rock living legend Jason McMaster aka Pastor McMaster from the Church of Disaster! Later in the week a discussion with filmmakers John Heyn and Jeff Krulik will be held on March 16 both in Austin Texas. See below links for details.

The Screening of Heavy Metal Parking Lot – March 12 – Click here
The Talk w/ John Heyn and Jeff Krulik – March 16 – Click here

After SxSW a year-long gallery exhibit will open on May 27 at the University of Maryland: Heavy Metal Parking Lot: The 30-Year Journey of a Cult Film Sensation

Heavy Metal Parking Lot: The 30-Year Journey of a Cult Film Sensation tells the story of two aspiring filmmakers, Jeff Krulik and John Heyn, who struck cultural gold in the parking lot of the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, on May 31, 1986, and charts the film’s subsequent path into the hearts of fans, filmmakers, musicians, actors, artists and scholars over the last 30 years. We will also highlight other materials in the Jeff Krulik Collection (BA, UMD, ’83), which was accessioned by Special Collections in Mass Media & Culture at the University of Maryland in November 2015. The exhibit will be in the Gallery at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, and officially opens to the public on Friday, May 27, from 6-8pm with a reception, film screening and Q&A with the filmmakers.


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