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Coming to Rochester June 8 & 9…Jeff Krulik!

7 July 2011

Weren’t we just posting about Heavy Metal Parking Lot? What do you know: it’ll screen Friday, June 8 at Rochester’s Dryden Theater with one of the film’s makers, Jeff Krulik, presenting it along with Heavy Metal Picnic.

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The next night at the Dryden, Jeff will be back to host a special evening, The Wonderful World of Jeff Krulik and Friends.

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Double Feature: Anvil! The Story of Anvil w/Heavy Metal Parking Lot

22 October 2009

Coming soon to the SUNY Oswego campus: two documentaries kick off OFG’s music series File Under: Eclectic. The films will be screened on Wednesday, November 4, at 7 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium (C118). The screenings are free; a discussion will follow the films.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil:

At 14, Toronto school friends Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the ‘demigods of Canadian metal,’ releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s Metal on Metal. The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax….. But Anvil’s career took a different path–straight to obscurity.

Director Sacha Gervasi [himself once a teenage fan of–and even a roadie for–the group] has concocted a wonderful and often hilarious account of Anvil’s last-ditch quest for elusive fame and fortune. His ingenious filmmaking may first lead you to think this is a mockumentary, but it isn’t….[We] see the reality of their day-to-day lives as they struggle to make ends meet, take a misguided European tour, and engage in antics on the road–which is not always lined with fans. Gervasi even finds a softer center to this raucous film, introducing us to band members’ ever-supportive, but long-suffering, families…. Anvil rocks–it has no other choice. (John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival Catalog)

Anthony Lane found the movie “the most stirring release of the year” and in his review in The New Yorker concluded:

This film is not about rock music at all, …; it is about time, and how it threatens to fade us out like a song on the radio, and why, risking ridicule, and leaning on love, we should crank up the volume and keep going….

On the same bill, Heavy Metal Parking Lot:

The legendary 1986 short film that documents a group of metal fans congregating before a Judas Priest concert. The kids-in-the-parking-lot interviews are funny–and sometimes disturbing.

Washington DC area filmmakers Jeff Krulik and John Heyn used borrowed equipment, shot without permission from the venue, and initially didn’t even copyright the work. The result became an underground hit. HMPL fans make copies and distributed them; the buzz about HMPL began to grow as it drew attention from bands including Nirvana and the Lemonheads and directors Sofia Coppola and Cameron Crowe.

The film, after all these years, has outgrown its underground status: it’s been ranked 6 in SPIN magazine’s list of top 20 rock movies and 16th out of the Top 100 Most Metal Moments on VH1.