The Last American Outlaw, Nick Mead’s documentary about George Christie’s ordeal by federal justice, will have it’s British debut in the cinema tent of the Glastonbury Festival of the Performing Arts in the evening of June 29. The film will close this year’s festival and will be followed by a question and answer session with Christie and Mead via Skype.
Christie was the long standing president of the Ventura, California charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He was indicted in July 2011 of conspiring to firebomb two tattoo shop competitors out of business in July 2007. His prosecution was unreasonable even by the skewed standards of federal justice. Christie finally negotiated a plea deal in January 2013 and was sentenced last August to serve a year in prison. He will be released to a halfway house in Los Angeles later this month.
Mead had already begun a documentary featuring Christie that was intended to be an homage to Easy Rider. After Christie’s arrest, the film’s focus changed and Mead (photo above) began to document Christie’s legal ordeal. The United States Attorney for the Central District of California tried to stop production of the film which, among other subjects, examines the methods used to obtain convictions against motorcycle club members in federal court. Both former Mongol Al Cavazos and former Bandido President George Wegers are interviewed in the movie.
The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is an annual five day music festival in Pilton, England. You can learn more about this year’s festival here.
Mead And Christie Say
Mead calls Glastonbury “the perfect venue for this film. We shot it in harsh black and white so it can be projected against a brick wall or on a canvas hung between trees, a renegade festival like Glastonbury is the perfect home for it. I don’t want it ever to be shown in a movie theater…a campground, a bike dealership, a rock concert, it’s got that edge to it, and we need to maintain that edge.”
The festival is a major event in the British summer and attracts extensive news coverage in Europe. “It’s so cool that George will be getting out of jail in time to see his film in it’s rightful home, a rock festival of all places, and the most credible festival in the world.”
Christie said showing the film “at Glastonbury is very personal for me. During my two year term on house arrest waiting for my case to resolve I watched many Glastonbury concerts via satellite. I never imaged Nick and I would become part of such a great festival. My only regret is because of my felony conviction my travel is restricted and will prevent me from attending in person.”
About the film, the former Hells Angel said, “The outlaw biker is to motorcycles what jazz is to music. It started in America and has spread around the world. Law enforcement has declared war on the outlaw bike culture and become so obsessed with its pursuit that in many instances federal police have compromised their own oath to uphold the law. The United States Government is now trying to deny freedom of expression by taking away the right to wear club trademarks. If this is allowed to happen this will tear the very fabric the United States Constitution was written on.”
Mead added, “It’s good to get my friend back.”