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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Heavy Metal Parking Lot headlines Found Footage Festival

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM

The short clip above is from one of the best films ever made about rock music. Heavy Metal Parking Lot features 16 minutes of tape cobbled together by some amateurs who took a video camera and a microphone to a Judas Priest concert in Largo, Md., in 1986. On its 25th anniversary, the film is the highlight of the Found Footage Festival, which creators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are bringing to Chalmette Movies at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 27. More on both here. The Found Footage website has an archive of hilarious videos, from goofy cable access programs to instructional and industry promo videos.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot spawned a genre. It's easy to find films on YouTube like Neil Diamond Parking Lot or Sarah Palin Parking Lot. But some of the best style ripoffs come from Triumph the Comic Dog, who tweaked the scheme to do comic-at-weird-event bits.

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