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Jeff Krulik has been making films for more than 20 years. He’s most famous for Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)—which was just spun off into a TV series on Trio—but Krulik’s about a lot more than just about parking lots. He’s after the wonderful eccentrics of the world, the ones nobody else makes movies about. Here are his two most recent films.

Jeff Krulik
USA 2002, 50 min.

Jewish-American G.I. and self-appointed wiseacre of his unit Richard Marowitz, liberates a top hat from Adolf Hitler’s Munich apartment, stomps on it and takes it home. For the next 50 years, Marowitz kept the ultimate war souvenir in a brown paper bag before going public with his story and loaning the hat to the American Museum of Jewish Military History in 1996. Daring and innovative, the documentary presents a rare mix of humor and history in an original take on World War II. The Village Voice Film Critics Poll called it one of the best undistributed films of 2002.

Jeff Krulik
USA 2003, 50 min.

An affectionate portrait of sideshow culture, featuring legends like carny impresario Ward Hall, along with Lizard Man, Zamora the Torture King, George the Giant and the annual “Big Swallow” sword-swallowing exhibition.

“This film—based on and around James Taylor’s book series Shocked and Amazed: On and Off the Midway is my effort to preserve sideshow history, and pay tribute to the great performers and human oddities of past and present.”
  —Jeff Krulik