Christie Film To Screen

September 27, 2013

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The Nick Mead documentary about George Christie, titled The Last American Outlaw, will finally screen tomorrow night, September 28, at 7 p.m. at the Bell Arts factory in Ventura, California. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will benefit autism research.

The movie, which has been in production for almost two years, was originally scheduled to screen at the same venue June 8 but that show was cancelled after threats by the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. A month after that attorney Fritz Clapp, acting on behalf of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, objected to what he termed “clearance issues” with the film. “HAMC has demanded that the Mead/Christie film not be displayed, marketed or distributed until and unless all clearance issues are resolved,” Clapp wrote.

Presumably, they’re resolved now. The film has secured two distribution deals for all formats including theatrical, DVD, television and downloads. Mead calls the documentary “the film the government doesn’t want you to see.”


Most of the film was shot while Christie was under indictment for “conspiring” to “interfere with commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce;” extortion; and conspiracy to commit arson. Christie was locked up for six weeks and was confined to his home until he pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy in January. He was sentenced August 15. The sentence was sealed but Christie will probably be out of prison within a year.

Christie was a Hells Angel for more than 30 years, a member of the “Filthy Few” and for years he was said to embody a “new breed” of outlaw biker.

He has been described by his friend James A. Golff as, “the antithesis of the stereotypical Neanderthal brute animal biker; he was handsome, well-groomed, impeccably dressed and possessed a dynamic presence. He was glib, sharp, forthright, and affable. He would find himself going head to head with seasoned newsman Mike Wallace on CBS 60 Minutes holding his own on Wallace’s turf. These attributes quickly made Christie the de facto national spokesman for the Hells Angels nationwide. And as the longest running President of any Hells Angels Chapter – spanning seven U.S. Presidencies (Ford through Obama) Christie witnessed the Hells Angels MC grow from two dozen chapters in the United States to over 100 chapters in 29 countries worldwide….”


Nick Mead may be the most creative independent film maker working today. He and Christie first met when Mead was directing a documentary called Black Leather Jacket, about the history of black leather jackets. Mead’s work is often droll.

He has managed to elude fame while directing eleven movies, producing seven more and photographing five. His best known project might be the documentary My First Guitar which includes interviews with Pete Seeger, Brian Wilson, Bill Wyman, Dave Stewart, Tom DeLonge, Nils Lofgren, Jose Felliciano, Harry Dean Stanton and Les Paul. Mead’s most recent film is Who Do You Think I Am, a film about the late, E Street band saxophonist Clarence Clemons shot mostly in China where the big saxophonist was virtually unknown.

If you can’t make it to Ventura but you can get to Phoenix the other current Hells Angels film project, Sonny Barger’s Dead In Five Heartbeats, will have a DVD release party Saturday afternoon at the Steel Horse Saloon on West Bell Road. If money is no object, if you are Kurt Sutter or Charlie Hunnam and you can afford a private jet, you can catch the party and the film. Maybe those two guys should.


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19 Responses to “Christie Film To Screen”

  1. One Eye Says:

    Is there a chance this will go to DVD?

  2. VINCE 1%er Says:

    This IS a Film That NEEDS To Be Released,Seen and Respected. I cannot wait for the opportunity to see it 7 Express My Respects to a man I’ve Met several times and wait till he’s released and then again raise a glass with Him and Tell Him how much myself amd many others Respect & Look Up to Him.
    Nick Mead is also to be applauded for his work,Dedication and Reverance to the Truth and his great Film making Accomplishments.
    Vince 1%ER

  3. CN Says:

    One eye beat me to it but living in rural no movie theater for miles east bum fuck SC, the DVD question is optimal. My preorder of Dead in 5 happens tomorrow thank the Gods.

  4. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I hope The Last American Outlaw eventually gets screened at the universities (specifically Cal State Long Bitch of course, but SFSU, Cal and UCLA as well). I so wish I could go to the Dead In 5 Heartbeats party. Well, at least I have a DVD player in HAL 8,999.

    YYZ Skinhead

  5. One Eye Says:


    I checked out Dead In 5 Heartbeats in Cleveland; very cool. It would be nice if the George Christie movie was shown around the country as well. I am nowhere near Cali.

  6. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    One Eye:

    I dunno how much it is to finance such a tour, but there are art houses in most large cities and they would likely be OK with showing any of Mead’s films. I think law students at universities ought to watch TLAO as well as reading Rebel’s books.

    YYZ Skinhead

  7. Road Whore Says:

    Would love to be able to get this on DVD, or to watch it online!

    Ride Free

  8. Jim666 Says:

    The Christie movie looks good hope it comes out on dvd. as far as dead in 5 orders of dvd,s are now being sent out

  9. blacksmith Says:

    Saw the movie tonight, it was great!
    Rebel-It was a pleasure shaking the hand that types this website too!

  10. Mike Says:

    Amazing film, really hit home. Reminded me to never take my freedoms for granted, and that the right to self-determination and pursuits of happiness are a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Thanks to George, Nick, Jim and everyone who made last night’s screening such an awesome event! I got to meet Rebel too! Was an honor indeed, keep up the great work here! Mike.

  11. John Says:

    Write a book George, it would be a great read and a best seller.

  12. BMW Says:

    I look forward to seeing this when it comes out on DVD, and if Christie does as well as he has in earlier interviews, I think he will explain our culture and lifestyle. I have been disappointed in attempts by other people to explain things properly — however I think Christie has the chops. I hope it comes out on DVD soon!

  13. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    There are currently a few authorized screening copies of the DVD available on eBay and I understand limited edition copies of the DVD will also be available on eBay before Thanksgiving. I’ve seen it – it is a hell of documentary. I never thought I’d see a reference to “Beowulf” in any outlaw biker flick.

  14. Jenkx Says:


    Are the eBay DVDs really authorized? I didn’t think the movie had been released?



  15. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    @Jenkx and anyone else who is interested.

    Every time somebody buys a DVD or anything else for that matter, George gets 50% of the final price on his commissary the following week through his attorney James B. Devine. Like clockwork.

    There will be no “official” DVD release until George gets out, which is
    May – July 2014 at the earliest, depending on BOP file.

  16. Jenkx Says:

    @Dr. Sardonicus:

    Thanks. Just want to make sure it’s legit.



  17. WARTHOG Says:

    Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    Every time somebody buys a DVD or anything else for that matter, George gets 50% of the final price on his commissary the following week through his attorney James B. Devine. Like clockwork.

    I didn’t know that when I won my bid. Glad the proceeds are going to a worthy cause.




  18. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    @WARTHOG –

    When we realized who you were we bumped your order to the front of the line and got it out right fast. Hope you liked the movie.

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