2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Heavy Metal Parking Lot 30th Anniversary

Wednesday, March 16
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 13AB
531 E 4th St

On May 31, 1986, Judas Priest 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. Once only found via underground tape trading, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, launched a “parking lot genre” that continues to resonate today, including sequels, prequels, a cable tv series, and documentary films that were inspired by the 1986 original. In May, the University of Maryland will open a year-long exhibit 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot: The 30-Year Journey of a Cult Film Sensation.' Join filmmakers John Heyn and Jeff Krulik as they discuss the amazing pre-viral video journey of a small rock doc into a definitive cultural touchstone. 

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Jeff Krulik at SXSW

Jeff Krulik


Heavy Metal Parking Lot: 30th Anniversary Screening

Maryland-based director/producer Jeff Krulik has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, the American Film Institute and on PBS. His resume includes work for Errol Morris, Discovery ...

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John Heyn at SXSW

John Heyn


Heavy Metal Parking Lot: 30th Anniversary Screening

A filmmaker since the Super 8 heyday of the '70s, John's cinematic output runs the gamut from cult documentaries to government training videos. He started his professional film career as a producti...

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Todd Rohal at SXSW

Todd Rohal


Smits Brothers Partners

Todd Rohal is the writer and director of films you don't care about titled The Guatemalan Handshake, The Catechism Cataclysm, Nature Calls, Rat Pack Rat and Uncle Kent 2. Todd worked with Jeff Krul...

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