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Tonight: Heavy Metal Picnic At Chicago Underground Film Festival

By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 5, 2011

Shirtless heavy metal musician at an outdoor concert

Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s latest head-banging documentary Heavy Metal Picnic makes its Windy City debut tonight, June 4 at 8:00 p.m., as the Closing Night film of the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the CUFF website. The screening is at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Heavy Metal Picnic is a quasi-sequel to Krulik and Heyn’s immortal classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot. It details, via archival home footage and modern reunion interviews, a raucous weekend-long outdoor farm party held in Maryland. Heavy metal bands played, alcohol was consumed, drugs were ingested, romances were born and a ton of fun was had.

The Underground Film Journal reviewed the film several months ago. An excerpt:

Listening to the Jamboree party goers with their thick Maryland accents, completely inebriated ramblings, rude attempts at humor and at least one fistfight makes the event resemble an extended version of the Divine birthday party scene in John Waters’ classic Pink Flamingos. (Hey, maybe Waters unintentionally started the first Maryland “farm party”?)

And while this is the official “Closing Night” film of CUFF, the festival will continue for the next four nights with repeat screenings. The full schedule can be found here.

Watch the Heavy Metal Picnic movie trailer:

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