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<<< June 26 - July 9, 2008 >>>

Mods and Rockers

 

An Egyptian Theatre exclusive!

 

Join us for our ninth Mods and Rockers Festival, straddling the months of June and July in wide-stance, rock star fashion. We’re kicking off with the World Premiere of THE SEVENTH PYTHON, a superb documentary about founding Bonzo Dog Band member (and prime Python and Rutles accomplice) Neil Innes (who’ll be appearing In-Person)! It’ll be a super fun night, followed by another evening with Neil live in concert at the Egyptian. We’ll also be featuring the U.S. Premiere of LOVE STORY, the fascinating documentary about key L.A. ‘60s band, Arthur Lee and Love as well as the Los Angeles Premiere of THIS IS GARY MCFARLAND, an incisive look at the Mod, ascot-wearing vibraphonist who died mysteriously in 1971. Plus in July you can look forward to screenings of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett rarities as well as the welcoming of filmmaker Tony Palmer In-Person for his multi-episode extravaganza ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, a glorious celebration of American music over 4th of July weekend.

The grand conclusion of our 9th Mods and Rockers Film Festival, includes a Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett documentary and rarities, a Robyn Hitchcock doc, an encore screening of ALL MY LOVING, an Athens, GA. music doc double feature of ATHENS, GA. - INSIDE/OUT and TWO HEADED COW (with director Tony Gayton in-person) and a July 4th weekend salute to American popular music with the US Theatrical Premiere of filmmaker Tony Palmer's celebrated 17-film anthology ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!

For more details go to: www.modsandrockers.com

 

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All ticket buyers will have a chance to win tickets to Eric Idle's show at the Hollywood Bowl!

Thursday, June 26 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

World Premiere! Python/Rutles/Bonzos Star Neil Innes In-Person!

THE SEVENTH PYTHON, 2008, Frozen Pictures, 88 min. Dir. Burt Kearns. "The Most Famous Rock Star You’ve Never Heard Of…" 40 years after he made his debut in the Beatles’ MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR as a founder member of the legendary Bonzo Dog Band, the gloriously unplanned career of Neil Innes is spotlighted in this new documentary. Featuring appearances by all 5 surviving members of Monty Python. "You've got to remember that the Bonzos did 26 television shows with Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam. I think Eric's acknowledged that there was an influence from the Bonzos in terms of the anarchy. There is a link…when the band first met Eric and Mike and Terry and whatnot, there was a certain mutual suspicion, 'cause we were crazy guys just coming off the road. And they'd come from Oxford and Cambridge, and they'd written stuff for David Frost, and they were young, up-and-coming writers…It was a kind of cross-fertilization that took place over a couple of years. We all became very good friends." – Neil Innes (from a Perfect Sound Forever online music magazine interview). Official Website

THE BONZO DOG DOO-DAH BAND 40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, 2007, Classic Rock Legends, 89 min. Featuring original members: Neil Innes, Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Sam Spoons, Bob Kerr and the Irrepressible "Legs" Larry Smith. The year 2006 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of ‘My Brother Makes The Noises For the Talkies’, the first record by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. The part of the late great and sorely missed Vivian Stanshall is performed here in the live concert variously by Messrs Stephen Fry, Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus and Paul Merton. For the first time since the group broke up in the early ‘70s, a British stage once again resounded to the inspired flights of lunacy of the Bonzos favorites performed live. Some of the songs included: "My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies," "Little Sir Echo," "Falling In Love Again," "We Are Normal," "The Trouser Press," "My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe," "Mr Apollo," "Look At Me, I'm Wonderful," "Rhinocratic Oaths," "Monster Mash," "Urban Spaceman," "Canyons Of Your Mind," "The Intro and Outro" and more! Official Website. Plus Rutles and Bonzo Dog film and TV rarities. Discussion in between films with Neil Innes.

 

 

Friday, June 27 – 7:30 PM

Rare L.A. Show by Neil Innes - Live Performance of Monty Python, Rutles & Bonzo Dog Songs!

LIVE CONCERT WITH NEIL INNES. In celebration of the World Premiere of the new film about him, THE SEVENTH PYTHON, Neil Innes gives a very rare solo concert to celebrate the celebrations. He will perform songs from throughout his 40-year career, including material from the Bonzo Dog Band, Monty Python and Rutles canons. Entire program approximately 120 min.

 

 

Saturday, June 28 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

Digitally Restored! A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, 1964, Miramax, 85 min. Director Richard Lester's brilliant, carefree comedy captured the early Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. and set the tone for the Sixties revolution. From the restless, handheld camerawork and slight-of-hand jumpcut editing, writer Alun Owen's surreal day-in-the-life script and George Martin's sprightly score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You" and ten other Beatles classics -- this is the essence of the monochromatic early Sixties. (Will be screened from a digital video source). Plus preceding A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, the short: "Things They Said Today (Reflections On A Hard Day's Night)" (2002, Miramax, 35 min. Dir. Martin Lewis)

WONDERWALL, 1969, 76 min. As a tribute to the late, great George Harrison, who composed WONDERWALL’s shimmering, sitar-laced score, and to director Joe Massot, we bring back one of the Mod Fest’s most popular offerings, a gloriously meaningless, headtripping fantasy about an eccentric scientist (Jack MacGowran) who discovers a secret window into the endless sex life of gorgeous nymph Jane Birkin (Serge Gainsbourg’s main squeeze and co-moaner of "Je t’aime moi non plus"!) The restored version of the film features a long-lost theme song produced by Harrison during the film’s scoring sessions, which had been lying forgotten for nearly 30 years in his personal vaults. Plus preceding WONDERWALL, Joe Massot’s short film: "Reflections On Love", (1965, 13 min.), an exuberant Cinemascope portrait of Swinging London featuring Patti Boyd’s sister Jenny (and a cameo by the Fab Four!)

 

 

Sunday, June 29 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

U.S. Premiere: LOVE STORY, 2006, 109 min. Produced and directed by first-time filmmakers Chris Hall & Mike Kerry, this is the story of legendary Los Angeles band Love and their singer Arthur Lee. One of the first mixed-race rock bands, the dark claustrophobic vision of their music and the band’s sinister reputation set them apart from the utopian ideals of the Flower Power generation and the Summer of Love era. Their 1967 album "Forever Changes" is rightly deemed to be one of the greatest records of all time. Set against the turbulent era of the 1960s in America, this documentary covers the fascinating journey from their origins at Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles to their spell as Hollywood’s favorite band to the creation of their masterpiece "Forever Changes," followed by their drug-fueled disintegration in 1968 and their continuing relevance to this day. Featuring extensive interviews with Love’s front man and main songwriter Arthur Lee, as well as original band members Johnny Echols, Bryan MacLean, Alban ‘Snoopy’ Pfisterer, Michael Stuart, Elektra boss Jac Holzman, producer Bruce Botnick, The Doors’ John Densmore and arranger David Angel, their story is told first hand by those who were there. "…very crucial to the West Coast sound in the era…fronted by the charismatic Arthur Lee, a space cowboy…Hendrixian on the one hand, but a sensitive folk-pop crooner also…The era is beautifully evoked, hazy and dreamy…fans of the band – or indeed the late 60s scene – will enjoy the lucid madness caught and preserved on film."The Lumiere Reader. More on this film.

Los Angeles Premiere: THIS IS GARY MCFARLAND, 2006, 71 min. First-time filmmaker Kristian St. Clair’s documentary stands in ethereal complement to Love’s "Da Capo" and "Forever Changes" albums. Born and raised in Los Angeles, vibraphonist Gary McFarland was the consummate Mod stylist, an ascot-wearing fashion icon pioneering a cool jazz groove akin to Georgie Fame. New York Magazine dubbed McFarland "the best arranger since Duke Ellington" in 1963, which turned heads the following year as Gary started adding Beatles covers to his repertoire. In 1964, his album "Soft Samba" (featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim on guitar) garnered a Grammy nomination, and collaborations with Stan Getz, Bill Evans and Gabor Szabo were soon to follow. In-crowd footage shows McFarland with music peers Lalo Schifrin, Machito, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Jim Hall, Grady Tate and Clark Terry. Incredibly strange psych-pop-jazz excursions were released by him throughout the rest of the decade, until McFarland’s mysterious and tragic death in 1971. View Trailer. Official Website.  "Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood" Booksigning in between films with author Domenic Priore. Introduction to LOVE STORY with Domenic Priore and discussion after the last film with director Kristian St. Clair.
 

 

 

Wednesday, July 2 - 7:30 PM

World Theatrical Premieres of Syd Barrett & Robyn Hitchcock Docs!

THE PINK FLOYD & SYD BARRETT STORY, 2001, Otmoor Productions, 50 min. Filmmaker John Edginton's portrait of rock's most enigmatic acid casualty. Interviews with the rest of the Floyd together with rare Barrett footage. Plus, Ultra-rare early Floyd footage!

ROBYN HITCHCOCK: SEX, FOOD, DEATH…AND INSECTS, 2008, Otmoor Productions, 60 min. A trip through the world of Robyn Hitchcock and friends (including Nick Lowe, REM's Peter Buck and Led Zep's John Paul Jones) as Hitchcock cuts up, rocks out and pontificates. Discussion between films with filmmaker John Edginton.

40th Anniversary: ALL MY LOVING, 1968, Isolde/Voiceprint, 50 min. Tony Palmer's time capsule of the State of the Rock Union at the birth of the counter-culture. Instigated by John Lennon, this film features footage of the Beatles, Floyd, Hendrix, Who, Cream, Zappa, Donovan et al. Discussion following with filmmaker Tony Palmer.

 

 

Saturday July 5 & Sunday July 6

U.S. Theatrical Premiere!

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 1977, Theatre Projects. 17 x 55 min. John Lennon was the instigator of Tony Palmer's landmark Brit TV series that boldly set out to tell the story of 20th Century popular music in 17 distinctive films - barely seen in the USA. Full details on each program at this website. Buy an all Weekend Pass for the whole series and save! General: $35; Seniors & Students: $30; Members: $25.

 

Saturday, July 5 - 12 NOON

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 55 min. Program 1. The introductory film of director Tony Palmer's fabulous British series on pop music presents an exhilarating overview of the topic. Featuring: Joan Baez • The Beatles • Glen Campbell • Hoagy Carmichael • Eric Clapton • Bing Crosby • Bo Diddley • Duke Ellington • Ruth Etting • Everly Brothers • Aretha Franklin • Judy Garland • Dizzy Gillespie • Billie Holiday • Jerry Lee Lewis • Liberace • Paul McCartney • Buddy Rich • Richard Rodgers • The Rolling Stones • Muddy Waters Full details on each program at this website.   Introduction by director Tony Palmer. FREE ADMISSION.

 

Saturday, July 5 - 1:30 PM

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 165 min. Program 2. Continuing Tony Palmer's penetrating exploration of popular music, three films delving into Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley and Musicals. The Films:
1) "Rude Songs" -- Vaudeville (55 mins)

Featuring:
Charles Aznavour • Charles Coburn • Clara Bow • Edith Piaf • Judy Garland • Liberace • Little Tich • Mae West • Marie Kendall • Marlene Dietrich • Maurice Chevalier • Mrs Shufflewick

2) "Always Chasin' Rainbows" -- Tin Pan Alley (55 mins)

3) "Diamonds As Big As the Ritz" -- The Musical (55 mins)

Featuring:
Bob Fosse • Oscar Hammerstein Jr. • William Hammerstein • Lorenz Hart • Galt MacDermott • Rouben Mamoulian • Agnes de Mille • Tom O'Horgan • Joseph Papp • Harold Prince • Richard Rodgers • Stephen Sondheim

Featuring:
Irving Berlin • Irving Caesar • Hoagy Carmichael • The Carter Family • Perry Como • Bing Crosby • George Gershwin • Edgar ‘Yip’ Harburg • Al Jolson • Harry Von Tilzer • Rudy Vallee • Bob Wills • Harry Warren • Paul Whiteman Full details on each program at this website. Introduction by director Tony Palmer.

 

Saturday, July 5 - 5:00 PM

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 165 min. Program 3. Three more of Tony Palmer's musical excavations, examining Ragtime, Jazz and Swing.

The Films:
1) "I Can Hypnotise ‘Dis Nation" -- Ragtime (55 mins)

Featuring:
Irving Berlin • Eubie Blake • Rudi Blesh • Houston Grand Opera • Monica Mason • Terry Waldo

2) "Jungle Music" -- Jazz (55 mins)

Featuring:
Louis Armstrong • Count Basie • Dave Brubeck • Hoagy Carmichael • Ian Carr • Chick Corea • Miles Davis • Duke Ellington • Dizzy Gillespie • Mike Gibbs • Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines • John Lewis • Charles Mingus • Kid Ory • Charlie Parker • George Shearing • Paul Whiteman

3) "Swing That Music!" -- Swing (55 mins)

Featuring:
Cab Calloway • Bing Crosby • Tommy Dorsey • Ella Fitzgerald • Bud Freeman • Benny Goodman • Lionel Hampton • Fletcher Henderson • Woody Herman • Harry James • Gene Krupa • Guy Lombardo • Buddy Rich • Artie Shaw • Frank Sinatra • Art Tatum • Dick Vance • Lawrence Welk Full details on each program at this website.  Introduction by director Tony Palmer.

 

 

Saturday, July 5 - 8:30 PM

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 165 min. Program 4. Tony Palmer busts numerous myths and uncovers the true origins of blues, R&B, and Rock 'n' Roll in three more films. The Films:

1) "Who’s That Comin'?" -- The Blues (55 mins)

Featuring:
Ray Charles • John Hammond • Billie Holiday • Son House • B.B. King • Leadbelly • Alan Lomax • Memphis Slim • Bessie Smith • Willie 'The Lion' Smith • Victoria Spivey • Roosevelt Sykes • Muddy Waters • Mighty Joe Young

2) "Good Times" - Rhythm ‘n’ Blues (55 mins)

Featuring:
Bo Diddley • Aretha Franklin • Berry Gordy • Bill Haley • Buddy Holly • The Lefevres Family • Clyde McPhatter • Sam Phillips • Wilson Pickett • The Platters • Phil Spector • The Supremes • Ike & Tina Turner • Jerry Wexler • Stevie Wonder

3) "Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll!" -- Early Rock ‘n’ Roll (55 mins)

Featuring:
Chuck Berry • Chubby Checker • Lonnie Donegan • Bill Haley • Jerry Lee Lewis • Carl Perkins • Sam Phillips • Elvis Presley • Little Richard • Conway Twitty • Gene Vincent Full details on each program at this website.  Introduction by director Tony Palmer.

 

 

Sunday, July 6 - 2:30 PM

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 55 min. Program 5. Tony Palmer digs into the African roots of popular music and Rock 'n' Roll in this provocative film. Introduction by director Tony Palmer.

The Film:
1) "God’s Children" -- The Beginnings (The African Roots Of American Music) (55 mins)

Featuring:
Ginger Baker • James Brown • Duke Ellington • Lightnin' Hopkins • LeRoi Jones • Rufus Thomas • Tina Turner • The Platters Full details on each program at this website. FREE ADMISSION.

 

 

Sunday, July 6 - 4:00 PM

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 165 min. Program 6. In these three films Tony Palmer explores the inter-connected musical horizons of Country, Folk and Prog-Rock. The Films:

1) "Making Moonshine" -- Country Music (55 mins)

Featuring:
Roy Acuff • Bill Anderson • Jimmie Driftwood • The Grand Ole Opry • William Ivey • Doug Kershaw • Minnie Pearl • Webb Pierce • Tex Ritter • Jimmie Rodgers • Roy Rogers • Ernest Tubb

2) "Go Down Moses!" - Folk Music (55 mins)

Featuring:
Joan Baez • Leonard Cohen • Arlo Guthrie • Woody Guthrie • Country Joe McDonald • Peter, Paul & Mary • Pete Seeger

3) "Imagine" - Progressive-Rock (55 mins)

Featuring:
Ginger Baker • Jack Bruce • Electric Light Orchestra • Manfred Mann • Mike Oldfield • Tangerine Dream • Stomu Yamash'ta  Full details on each program at this website. Introduction by director Tony Palmer.

 

 

Sunday, July 6 - 7:30 PM

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, 165 min. Program 7. Our series concludes with three dynamic films celebrating the Beatles, 60s Rock and 70s Rock respectively. The Films:

1) "Mighty Good" -- The Beatles (and their impact) (55 mins)

Featuring:
The Beatles • The Beach Boys • The Byrds • Donovan • Brian Epstein • Bill Graham • George Harrison • John Lennon • The Mamas and the Papas • George Martin • Paul McCartney • Roger McGuinn • Murray the K • Ravi Shankar • Ringo Starr • Derek Taylor • Allan Williams

2) "All Along The Watchtower" -- 1960s Rock (55 mins)

Featuring:
Eric Burdon • Donovan • The Doors • Bill Graham • Jimi Hendrix • Mick Jagger • Janis Joplin • Alexis Korner • John Lennon • Manfred Mann • Paul McCartney • Pink Floyd • The Rolling Stones • The Who • Bill Wyman • Frank Zappa

3) "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" -- 1970s Rock (55 mins)

Featuring:
Alice Cooper • David Bowie • Eric Clapton • Clive Davis • Emerson, Lake and Palmer • Gary Glitter • Jethro Tul • Elton John • Kiss • Labelle • Bob Marley & The Wailers • Keith Moon • Helen Reddy • Roxy Music Full details on each program at this website. Introduction by director Tony Palmer.

 

Monday, July 7 - 7:30 PM

Ultra-Rare Mike Oldfield score! Celebrating NASA's 50th Anniversary!

THE SPACE MOVIE, 1979, Virgin Vision, 80 min. Created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Moon landing, British filmmaker Tony Palmer made this spectacular film about NASA's space program and in particular the lunar explorations that led to the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. NASA provided unprecedented access to its archives and its Deep Space satellite imagery -- which Palmer weaves together with respect and a deft hand. Binding the broadly-sourced footage together was Palmer's inspired selection of a young Mike Oldfield to score the film. Preceded by special presentation of footage from NASA's launch this year of the Beatles song "Across The Universe" into Deep Space. Discussion following with filmmaker Tony Palmer and special appearance by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin! View a clip

 

 

Wednesday, July 9 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: ATHENS, GA. -- INSIDE/OUT, 1987, 82 min. Director Tony Gayton’s immensely entertaining documentary was shot on film (How’s that for a novelty?) and includes interviews and performance footage from R.E.M., the B-52s, the Flat Duo Jets, the Bar-B-Que Killers, Love Tractor and more, as well as conversations with amazing iconoclast artist Rev. Howard Finster and other bohemian individualists. "Gayton's film reflects the energy and the self-made spirit of Athens. And in these days of assembly-line rock bands, that counts for a little more than something." - Richard Harrington, The Washington Post. View trailer:

TWO HEADED COW, 2006, Cape Fear Filmworks, 87 min. Director Tony Gayton chronicles the rise and fall of psychobilly duo the Flat Duo Jets, complete with performance footage of the pair - Dexter Romweber and Chris "Crow" Smith. Plus interviews with Dexter as well as musicians such as Jack White, Exene Cervenka, Cat Power, Mojo Nixon and others. "Director Tony Gayton seems fully aware of the orthodox pitfalls of documentaries about quasi-obscure rock dignitaries, and he systematically avoids them." - Grayson Currin, www.indyweek.com Producer Bill Cody will appear in person with the film TWO HEADED COW. Details on this film