MAY 2016

2640docs & MicroCIneFest present Jeff Krulik Documentary Night
featuring the 30th anniversary screening of “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” and Led Zeppelin Played Here (2014)

Directors John Heyn and Jeff Krulik’s underground cult classic/video time capsule, “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” captures Judas Priest fans as they tailgate the parking lot of the since-demolished Capital Centre in May 1986.

Did Led Zeppelin really perform in the gym of the Wheaton Youth Center in front of 50 confused teenagers in 1969? Krulik's Led Zeppelin Played Here attempts to find out while presenting a Mid-Atlantic version of what was happening nationwide as the rock concert industry took shape. Featuring interviews with rock critics, musicians, and fans—including several who claim they were witness to history that night.

Jeff Krulik is an independent documentarian and cultural preservationist who has built a distinct career tapping into the local culture of the DC/Maryland region. In 1996, the Washington Post noted that his films “demonstrate a loving eye for Americana and eccentricity.” His archives have recently been donated to the University of Maryland College Park and an exhibit celebrating Heavy Metal Parking Lot opens at the Hornbake Library on May 27.

MicroCineFest, Baltimore's longtime purveyor of underground, off-beat, psychotronic film, comes out of hibernation to co-present this special screening with 2640docs. MicroCineFest first introduced Baltimore to "Heavy Metal Parking Lot in 1997, and went on to bring Jeff Krulik and his films to town many more times in the following years. 

Doors at 7pm. Films start at 7:30. A Q&A with Jeff Krulik will follow.

$5 suggested donation to benefit Sickies Making Films. Refreshments available.

2640 Space | 2640 St. Paul Street (St. John’s Church)

Led Zeppelin Played Here | 2014 | 90 mins
“Heavy Metal Parking Lot” | 1986 | 17 mins

Roger Beebe screening

Thursday, November 10, 8 PM -

MicroCineFest presents
multi-projector experiments by Roger Beebe

at Cyclops. 8pm, FREE.
(Facebook event page).

Saturday, November 20, 7 PM -
The Wind Up Space

For more details, click here for the November 20 Facebook event page

JULY 2008
Thursday, July 31, 6 PM -
The Wind Up Space

APRIL 2008
Wednesday, April 9
A Best of MicroCineFest
Indie Memphis and Delta Axis present "The Best of MicroCineFest" -- 7:30 pm, Wed. April 9 @ Power House Memphis (45 G.E. Patterson). Free and open to the public!

Saturday, December 8
A Best of MicroCineFest
A 90 minute sampling from ten years of award winners, crowd pleasers, and staff favorites.
Festival Director, Skizz Cyzyk, will be there to introduce the program and answer any questions.

8 PM, $5. The Laughing Skull Lounge at The Vortex Midtown
878 Peachtree Street (between 7th & 8th Streets), Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-875-1667

Friday, October 12, 3:30 PM -
The BendFilm Festival
in Bend, Oregon presents...
A Best of MicroCineFest
A 90 minute sampling from ten years of award winners, crowd pleasers, and staff favorites.
Festival Director, Skizz Cyzyk, will be there to introduce the program and answer any questions.

Saturday, September 8 - MicroCineFest and Creative Alliance present...
NEW MAPS OF THE NEW WORLD: Films & Videos by Roger Warren Beebe

8 pm at Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue), $8, $6 members. Free popcorn!

Roger Beebe is a professor of film and media studies at the University of Florida. His work has been shown around the globe at such unlikely venues as McMurdo Station in Antarctica and the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square, and at more likely ones such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Pacific Film Archive, as well as at countless festivals including Ann Arbor, Baltimore's MicroCineFest, NY Underground, the Images Festival, EMAF (the European Media Arts Festival), and Rotterdam. From 1997-2000 he ran Flicker, a bi-monthly festival of small guage film in Chapel Hill, NC, and he is currently artistic director of FLEX, the FLorida Experimental Film/Video Festival. With a documentary sensibility and a photographic eye, he brings humor and soul to subjects from women in the Air Force during WWII, to where Shaquille O'Neal got his last name.

Roger Beebe is no stranger to the MicroCineFest audience, having screened seven of his films at MicroCineFest over the years, including S A V E and (rock/hard place) (MCF 2006), One Nation Under Tommy (MCF 2005), Famous Irish Americans (MCF 2003), Composition In Red & Yellow (MCF 2002 Small Guage Award), Strip Mall Trilogy (MCF 2001 Way Cool Super8 Film Award), and What Boys Want (MCF 2000 Way Cool Use Of A Lite-Brite Award).

MicroCineFest is proud to continue the tradition of inaugurating new Creative Alliance screening spaces, by bringing Beebe to town for a screening in the new CAmm Media Lab, followed by Beebe's No Camera Required workshop the next day (Sunday, September 9).

For more information:




JUNE 2006
Tuesday June 27 - The Washington Psychotronic Film Society presents "Selections From MicroCineFest"
Dr. Dremo's Taphouse, Arlington, VA. 8 PM. $2 suggested donation.


Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 23


Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21


JULY 2003
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society welcomes MicroCineFest back to our nation's capitol for...

"The Best of MicroCineFest 2002"

An evening of award-winners and crowd pleasers from last Fall's festival. Always a good time!

Dr. Dremo's Taphouse (2001 Clarendon Blvd in Arlington, Virginia, 22201), Admission is free, but a $2.00 donation will get you a door prize ticket to win some cool stuff!


APRIL 2003
Monday, April 14
Frederick, Maryland's Blue Elephant Art Center and The Shepherd College Of Art Alliance present..

"The Best of MicroCineFest 2002"

An evening of award-winners and crowd pleasers from last Fall's festival. Hosted by festival director, Skizz Cyzyk, and some of the filmmakers.

Frank Center for the Creative Arts, Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (free admission)


Friday, January 31
MicroCineFest and The Ottobar present...

Russ Forster's TRIBUTARY

TRIBUTARY offers a glimpse inside the bizarre yet quintessentially American pop music subculture of "tribute bands" - bands which imitate other popular bands. Award-winning director Russ Forster (SO WRONG THEY'RE RIGHT, 8-Track Mind Magazine) gets band members and fans to explain the allure of imitation. Featured bands include SABBRACADABRA (a Black Sabbath clone from New York), MONGOLOID (a Devo outfit from San Francisco), CHERRY BOMB (a Runaways sound-alike from Portland, OR), and ACES HIGH (a tribute to Kiss' Ace Frehley from Detroit, MI). Alternately hilarious and poignant, TRIBUTARY is a study of pop music as an art form in flux, looking back to where it has gone before to seek clues about where it should go next.

Director Russ Forster will be present to discuss TRIBUTARY.

Friday, January 31, 7pm, free admission!!!, at the Ottobar (upstairs lounge), 2549 N. Howard Street, 410-662-0069
(Then head downstairs after the film for THE OTTOBAR TRIBUTE TO THE CLASH- with Pulaski, Landspeedrecord, members of LHKBND and Buttsteak, The Jennifers, Radiation Puppy, X Ero X, The Clampdown Singers, The Tipping Point and Circle 9 - all playing music by The Clash!)



Bill Daniels and Venessa Renwick bring their Lucky Bum Film Tour to Baltimore.


JULY 2002:

July 19
CAmm (Creative Alliance Movie Makers) & MicroCineFest present...

LETHAL FORCE and selected MicroCineFest shorts

LETHAL FORCE was a hit at MicroCineFest 2001, winning both the Grand Jury Award and Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film. If you missed it, here's another chance to catch it so you can say you saw it before the rest of the world catches on. What is it? A low-budget, high-action, B-Movie feature full of over-the-top dialogue & violent humor, shot in and around Baltimore and Washington, DC! Fans, and even non-fans, of Hong Kong action gangster films have been laughing themselves silly over this film that must be seen to be believed. Director Alvin Ecarma in person!!!

Also showing - a handfull of shorts from previous years of MicroCineFest:
PHASES - Marcus Young
FIRE ANT AD - Andrew Wardlaw
TANGERINE CROWS (Slow Jets music video) - Joseph Christopher Schaub
and more!!!

Friday, July 19, 8pm, $5, at the Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling Street (in Highlandtown)


JUNE 2002:

The June 2002 issue of Baltimore Magazine has listed MicroCineFest as one of Baltimore's "Secrets Of The City: 95 lesser-known places to be entertained and amused". MicroCineFest is #80. The cat's out of the bag now.


MARCH 2002:

March 7
MicroCineFest welcomes to Baltimore...

a Peripheral Produce north american film tour:
the short films and projector performances of
Matt McCormick and Johnne Eschleman

Portland's MATT MCCORMICK and JOHNNE ESCHLEMAN pack up the van and hit the road to show movies and see some sights.
Matt's films combine found and original sounds and images to fashion abstract and witty observations of contemporary culture. Johnne
(aka the distance formula and/or the traveling cinema) deconstructs thrift store home movies one frame at a time and rebuilds them into
moody time-based performed installations. Both will be collaborating on new, site-specific pieces that will be unique to each screening

Matt McCormick is a 29-year-old filmmaker who combines original and found footage into short, poignant collages. His film "The
Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal", an experimental documentary, is a keen observation of how the process of destroying one art
unwittingly creates another, and was an official selection of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Best Documentary
Short Video award at MicroCineFest 2001. "The Vyrotonin Decision," is a found footage disaster spoof that was awarded the Best
Experimental Film at both the New York and Chicago Underground Film Festivals. Other films of Matt's which have been receiving
attention include "Sincerely, Joe P Bear"- a sad love-letter from a heartbroken polar bear which screened at the Rotterdam International
Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Best Experimental Film award at MicroCineFest 2000; and his brand new abstract short "Going to
the Ocean" which just premiered at the New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center in October of 2001.

Johnne Eschleman is a mobile experiment in spontaneous cinema. Often joined by fellow musicians and artists, Johnne projects hand-made
films while performing a live soundtrack, creating an ever-changing and intimate viewing experience. He recently toured the US with his
performance-installation piece The Traveling Cinema, and has presented his work at the Chicago Contemporary Art Museum, PS 1 in New York,
the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and many other prestigious venues around the country. His recent film "The Read Letters" is a movie
in which two 16mm projectors roll simultaniously, projecting images side by side of bleached found footage and text which has been hand
scratched directly into each frame of the film. Johnne accompanies the images with a soundtrack he is performing live using electronic keyboards
and a xylophone.

Both artists are founding members of Peripheral Produce, a Portland based film collective that has gained international attention for its guerilla
style screening events and videotape distribution projects.

Thursday, March 7, 8pm, $5, at Mission Space, 338 North Charles Street (between Mulberry & Saratoga)


Two out-of-town "Best Of MicroCineFest" programs:

Monday, February 25
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society welcomes MicroCineFest back to our nation's capitol.
at The Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC


Thursday, February 28
Frederick, Maryland's Blue Elephant Art Center and The Shepherd College Of Art Alliance present
"An Evening Of Underground Film In Two Parts"

PART ONE - 7 PM: Selected short films by Cheryl Fair, Kristen Anchor, Craig Smith and Skizz Cyzyk.
All four filmmakers will be on hand for discussion.

PART TWO - 8 PM: "The Very Best of Baltimore's MicroCineFest"

Frank Center for the Creative Arts, Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (free admission)




The Reel Roundtable presents a "Best Of MicroCineFest" program during Park City's annual film festival fiasco week. Come watch a handful of off-the-wall
shorts and the award winning feature, LETHAL FORCE on a 52 inch video screen!

Tuesday, January 15 at 5 PM
in the iLounge (268 Main Street, directly across the street from the Treasure Mountain Inn, in the same building as the Morning Ray)



MicroCineFest presents Jim Stramel's 16mm feature, THE THRILLBILLYS
Dodger Cole walks out of jail into a changed world. The Virginia hills where she once raced and ran bootleg whiskey have become overrun with convenience stores and giant sized mega marts. She wants only to gather her brother and move on to someplace better, but when she sees the family still bulldozed to make way for yet another Super-Great Mart she vows to take back the South and send the modern day carpetbaggers to hell! A new 16mm feature from Jim Stramel (My Ass Is Bleeding, Pitiful Reflections - MCF'99).
Wednesday, November 14, 8pm, $5, at Mission Space, 338 North Charles Street (between Mulberry & Saratoga)


October 31 thru November 4, 2001
MicroCineFest 2001


APRIL 2001:

MicroCineFest, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Film Festival, presents...

GOD MADE MAN (dir. Crazy Pete)
The hit of MicroCineFest 2000 (it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature) returns to Baltimore. It's twisted, hysterical, sometimes embarrassing, and will altogether leave you scratching your head. A must see! Director Crazy Pete will be here in person, thanks to the sponsorship of the Maryland Film Festival.
Saturday, April 14th at Midnight, in JHU's Shriver Hall. FREE!!!
Sunday, April 15 at 6 PM, in MICA's Station Building 3. FREE!!!

In 1986, John Heyn & Jeff Krulik interviewed metalheads in the parking lot of Maryland's Capitol Center (now the US Air Arena) before a Judas Priest / Dokken concert. That video became the legendary, underground, cult film sensation, HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT (and the hit of MicroCineFest 97). For it's 15th Anniversary, Heyn & Krulik have put together this program that includes all of the sequels (NEIL DIAMOND PARKING LOT, HARRY POTTER PARKING LOT, RAVER BATHROOM, etc), parodies (an American Hi Fi music video), and more.
Friday, April 13 at 7:15 PM, in MICA's Station Building 3. $3
Sunday, April 15 at 8 PM, in JHU's Mudd Auditorium. $3


MARCH 2001:

MicroCineFest presents The Hi Mom! Film Festival touring "best of" program

Wednesday, March 28th, 8 PM. $5
at Mission Media - Mission Space
338 North Charles Street 410-752-8950

The Hi Mom! Film Festival, Chapel Hill, NC's answer to MicroCineFest, is coming to Baltimore. Hi Mom! organizers, Kendra Gaeta and Michael Connor will be on hand to present their touring "best of" program, highlighting film & video makers working outside the realm of genre. Plus they will be providing pancakes in the shape of your initials!

The program will include animated bests, narrative feats of accomplishment, computer generated cityscapes, and thought provoking ditties. Some nominated for international awards, some under-recognized gems, all in one place & for your eyes only. Plus pancakes!!!



Two Out-Of-Town "Best Of MicroCineFest" screenings:

Saturday, February 10, 8 PM, $5
The Blue Elephant Arts Center
4A West Fifth Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701

Tuesday, February 20, 8 PM. $2 donation
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society
at The Lucky Bar
1221 Connecicut Ave. (between M and N St. NW, south of Dupont Circle).

A sampling of some of the finest, low-budget, off-beat, short films and videos, culled from the first 4 years of MicroCineFest. Plus door prizes!

MicroCineFest returns to the Washington Psychotronic Film Society on Tuesday, February 27 at 8 PM, to host a screening of the MicroCineFest 2000 hit feature, RADIO FREE STEVE.


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