Heavy Metal Parking Lot is the best film ever made about headbanging rock, big hair and teens guzzling Jack Daniels Whiskey and Cokes. There's no narration, and it's really not much more than two guys with a videocamera, a microphone and a mission to let Judas Priest fans be heard. They edited it down to 16 minutes of tape recorded in the parking lot outside a Priest concert (Dokken opened) at the Capital Centre in Largo, Md. in 1986. There's plenty of shirtless guys drinking beer and smoking dope, some animal-print spandex and at least one admitted 13-year-old girl on a date with a 20-year-old guy. The crowd doesn't like punk music much, but they love Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions and getting wasted. It almost turns epic/tragic when one group describes how they got backstage passes by writing the band manager about a friend who died in a car accident.
For years, it was a popular bootlegged video, but on its 25th anniversary, Heavy Metal Parking Lot is the main attraction in a fantastic collection of bizarre video in The Found Footage Festival. New York Comedy writers Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have worked for The Onion and The Late Show With David Letterman, and since 1991, they have collected oddball videotapes, many culled from thrift stores, plus some training videos pilfered from former employers. The clips in the festival include montages from workout tapes and a synthesis of self-hypnosis training videos (on how to stop smoking, be a better lover and improve your tennis game). In segments from the cable access show Petpourri, a nerdy host tries to simultaneously talk and keep track of a table full of battling puppies, turtles, hamsters and parrots. One collection compiles the results of industrial toilet bowl flush tests using faux turds made from miso paste. And then there's the instructional video on how to get revenge, hosted by Linda Blair from The Exorcist. Prueher and Pickett host the event. Tickets $10. — Will Coviello
The Found Footage Festival
7 p.m. Sunday
Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 304-9992; www.chalmettemovies.com