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Directed by Jeff Krulik
Heavy Metal Picnic is a follow-up to the short cult film, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, which depicted the Maryland Heavy Metal scene during the mid-1980s. Heavy Metal Picnic mixes the home video footage from a 34 hour concert called the “Full Moon Jamboree”, as well as contemporary footage of the people and musicians who made it possible.
What makes this event such a compelling film subject, is that it takes place right at the tail end of an era. Even in that 1985 footage people seemed well aware that this might be the very last concert of it’s kind. The “Psychotic Revolution” (phrased coined by concert promoter/organizer Billy Gordon), was upon them. This revolution defined by growing technology came perhaps a little later than expected, but it nonetheless suggests both the foresight of Billy Gordon as well as the underlying paranoia of this moment in time. »
It's not a freedom fighter atop a tank but a young bohemian woman in Benghazi reviving a carnival banned by Gaddafi and singing songs of protest. Ann Marlowe reports on an extraordinary utopian moment in the free city.
The most interesting news here in Free Libya isn't war but peace-and cultural vitality. Signs everywhere say, "We began it peacefully and we will end it peacefully," and the utopian social transformation is much more interesting than the stalemated war.
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The front line was here on March 19, when Gaddafi's troops and lijan thureah, or local revolutionary committees, killed fighters defending the city. And on the 20th, they deliberately struck civilians, sometimes aiming RPGs at family cars. Dr. Hajer al Jahmi, 27, a third-year emergency medicine resident at Benghazi Medical Center, saw a huge sack of human body parts brought into the ER. »
- Ann Marlowe
2 items from 2011
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