Heavy Metal Parking Lot 30th Anniversary- SXSW Convergence 2016 by SXSW published on 2016-03-18T18:50:23Z On May 31, 1986, Judas Priest fans were filmed in their natural environment, a concert arena parking lot in suburban Maryland. Thirty years later, Heavy Metal Parking Lot is considered among the greatest rock and roll documentaries ever recorded. Once only found via underground tape trading, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, launched a “parking lot genre” that continues to resonate today, including sequels, prequels, a cable tv series, and documentary films that were inspired by the 1986 original. In May, the University of Maryland will open a year-long exhibit 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot: The 30-Year Journey of a Cult Film Sensation.' Join filmmakers John Heyn and Jeff Krulik as they discuss the amazing pre-viral video journey of a small rock doc into a definitive cultural touchstone.