SF Docfest 2011 – Heavy Metal Picnic Review and Trailer

Metal rules! Jeff Krulik‘s newest film not only affirms this but adds to it that Nostalgia rules too! But what rules even more than nostalgia? How about being a 19-year-old metal head at the height of metal awsomeness in 1985? But what rules even more than that? How about being a 19-year-old metal head at the height of metal awsomeness in 1985 and transforming your football-sized farm into the baddest rock concert ever, where anything goes and cops are practically non-existent? That’s exactly what a bunch of young Maryland metalheads decided to do, much to the chagrin of their Nancy “just say no” Ragen loving neighbors.

Heavy Metal Picnic is essentially a bunch of footage of wasted kids with goofy fashion sense – sporting a wide range of mullets – who intake mass amounts of various drugs. However, once the initial stories of what it was like to attend this heavy metal woodstock-esque party are told, the film then has nowhere else to go. It then turns from a fun watch down nostalgia lane into something similar to watching a bunch of stranger’s home movies.  Unless Bob Sagat is playing videos of grown men getting hit in the balls with a golf club, we all know just how boring others video memories can be.

Ultimately, I found the segments of those involved in the concert talking about how they pulled off such an event, including acquiring some stolen CBS equipment, quite interesting.  In fact, the charm of this film lies in hearing the stories of those involved in the concert.  Unfortunately,  it should have been shortened by about 20 minutes and could have done without the scenes of people watching themselves on camera.  A little too self indulgent for me at times, but otherwise I loved this film.

Showtimes for Heavy Metal Picnic with Heavy Metal Parking Lot:

Saturday, October 15th – 7:15pm (Roxie Theater)

Monday, October 17th – 7:15pm (Roxie Theater)

Wednesday, October 19th – 9:30pm (Shattuck Cinema – Berkeley)

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