Winner of the Jury Award for "Best Documentary" at the 2006 Palm Springs International ShortFest.
LOT 63, GRAVE C is a short documentary film about Meredith Hunter, the teenager who was killed by Hell’s Angels at the Rolling Stones’ notorious Altamont concert in 1969. Altamont was supposed to have been the west coast version of Woodstock, the huge peaceful rock festival that had happened in New York a few months earlier. Instead, the concert turned into a Hieronymus Bosch-like orgy of bad trips, stupid rock fans, poor planning and tons of violence. It culminated with the Hell’s Angels, who had been hired to do security, brutally murdering Meredith Hunter in front of the stage as the Rolling Stones played. Altamont came to symbolize for many the end of the 1960s, the end of a hopeful era. Meredith Hunter is the central character in that narrative and yet he has always been an enigmatic figure. Although the newspapers at the time recorded his name, there was never anything more. No photo, no quote from his devastated mother. He was a mystery then and now has been all but forgotten. LOT 63, GRAVE C is another remarkable selection from the Cinemad Almanac.
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Powerful. Sad. Devastating. Timely and clever use of black and White film stock.
Bleak and stark. Sadly powerful.
To the point and very poignant, this short film about Meredith Hunter, the young man killed by the Hell's Angels at the Rolling Stones Altamont concert in 1970 is a bit mystifying as well. Yes, it is sad that Hunter is known only as the shadowy victim of that infamous day but the film tells us very little more except that he doesn't even have a marker for his grave and the only listed relative was a mother who never returned to visit the cemetery. Looking at the graves, some displaying elaborate and heartfelt messages from loved ones and others plain and unadorned as possible, Hunter doesn't seem that much worse off than some, if, for the sake of argument, grave markers matter. As Peggy sang, "Is that all there is?" Sic transit gloria.
Poignant memento for someone otherwise buried in our psyches.
It's off to an interesting start, and then, it's over. I need much more.
Weird, eerie short. Very mysterious accounting of it all in the film, too. Really portrays the feeling of how brief life & remembrances are.
what was the point of that mess?
Starkly powerful focus on a forgotten victim of a racist attack by the Hell's Angels. I grew up in a place where these thugs roamed free and wondered why they often got away with their crimes. That might make another documentary.
the murder at Altamont is of equal consequence for bringing the "peace and love" movement of the 60's to an end as the Manson family
Buisness-like documentary of the burial place of the victim of excessive violence by "security" at Altomont Speedway Rock Festival in 1960's.
A very powerful, yet short film that makes the viewer question why events happen the way that they do...I remember this story, I wonder why others do not? Why so indifferent, why the silence? Meridith Hunter should not be forgotten! Those persons responsible should be made to repay their debt for Meredith's familiy's great loss.
Poignant look at a tragic event and lost soul.
Poignant. Unbelievable that the Hell's Angel responsible for Meredith's death was acquitted.
Disturbing visual collection as momento mori. May have been more effective without the cemetary manager's musings being the last opinions expressed in the film.
Never heard of this event, it is surprising how little it is talked about today. The film felt like a prelude ... like we should know more about Meredith Hunter. Apparently, we do not.
To be honest I was really confused??