|11th Annual Mods & Rockers Festival
films in this series are at the Aero Theatre!
The Cinematheque is delighted to present our 11th Mods & Rockers
Festival, in which we celebrate the long and exciting career of rock documentarian and
Oscar-winner Murray Lerner! Were kicking off at the Egyptian Theatre with a 40th
anniversary salute to the Isle of Wight Festival with Lerners MESSAGE TO LOVE,
the spellbinding rock documentary that captures performances by such legends as Jimi
Hendrix and Jim Morrison (only months before their deaths), plus the Los Angeles premiere
of Lerners MILES ELECTRIC, an incredible portrait of Miles Davis at the
height of his "Bitches Brew" glory. Next up, we have the West Coast premieres of
THE MOODY BLUES: THRESHOLD OF A DREAM and MELLODRAMA: THE MELLOTRON MOVIE, a
double feature celebrating 45 years of The Moody Blues and 50 years of the Mellotron with
Lerner and Moody Blues founder Mike Pinder in person! Following this is a double feature
of Lerners JIMI HENDRIX: BLUE WILD ANGEL and THE WHO: LISTENING TO YOU,
incredible docs digitally restoring both Hendrixs and The Whos last
The grand conclusion of Mods & Rockers is a "Folk, Blues
and Roots" triple bill extravaganza! Included is the Los Angeles premiere of
Lerners LEONARD COHEN: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT 1970, BOB DYLAN: THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR and the classic chronicling of the Newport Folk Festival, FESTIVAL,
with performances and interviews with Joan Baez, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, and
most famously, a newly-electric Bob Dylan. Dont miss out on any of these terrific
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Thursday, August 26 7:30 PM
40th Anniversary Salute to
Isle of Wight Festival! Reunion of Stars From 1970 - Plus Unseen Outtakes! Double Feature:
MESSAGE TO LOVE, 1970, MLF, 128 min. The 1970
Isle of Wight Festival was the largest rock event of the era, with more than 600,000
attendees, featuring the last major performances by Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. Oscar
winning director Murray Lerner (FROM MAO TO MOZART: ISAAC STERN IN CHINA) beautifully
captured the performances by the cream of the rock royalty crop - and also discreetly
documented the greed of promoters and festival attendees that helped kill off
the 1960s hippie dream. Includes The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jethro
Tull, ELP, Free, Ten Years After, The Moody Blues, John Sebastian, Donovan, Joni
Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Plus previously unseen outtakes!
L.A. Premiere! MILES ELECTRIC, 2004, MLF, 86 min. Dir. Murray Lerner.
Incredible documentary capturing Miles Davis at the height of his "Bitches Brew"
jazz-rock-free-form fusion best. Built around Davis legendary Isle of Wight
performance with a band that included Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, the film
provides insight into his groundbreaking odyssey into electric music. Includes
interviews with Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell. Discussion
between films with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger (The Doors), Keith
Emerson (ELP), Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull) and director Murray Lerner.
Friday, August 27 7:30 PM
Celebrating 45 Years of The Moody
Blues with founding member Mike Pinder in person! Celebrating 50 years of the Mellotron
with Docu & Live Demo! West Coast Premieres! Double Feature: THE
MOODY BLUES: THRESHOLD OF A DREAM, 2009, MLF, 80 min. Dir.
Murray Lerner. Classic concert performance by the Moody Blues in 1970 at the height of
their ascendancy as symphonic-rock pioneers. Includes all their key hits, including
"Nights in White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon,"
"Question," "Ride My See Saw," plus interviews that reflect on the
band's 45-year history from their R&B roots ("Go Now") in 1965 onwards.
MELLODRAMA: THE MELLOTRON MOVIE,
2010, Bazillion Points, 75 min. Dir. Dianna Dilworth. Moody Blues keyboard player
Mike Pinder introduced the Beatles to the Mellotron; they used it on Sgt. Pepper
and from there it became the definitive prog-rock instrument. This doc chronicles the
fascinating history and features Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Mike Pinder (Moody
Blues), Rod Argent (The Zombies), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Ian McDonald (King Crimson)
and members of Maroon 5, Big Elf and Yes. Discussion
between with Moody Blues co-founder Mike Pinder, director Murray Lerner, Steve Frothingham
(Big Elf), author Brian Kehew (Recording the Beatles) and director Dianna Dilworth.
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Saturday, August 28 7:30 PM
The evening will have a fun twist as we stage a replay of the famous
1967 coin toss between Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend to determine which artist would
perform first at Monterey. (Neither act wanted to go on second, figuring the others
theatrics would be tough to follow.) Hendrix producer Eddie Kramer and Who engineer Cy
Langston will toss a coin in front of the audience to determine which act's film goes
first! Plus rare Who outtakes!
Double Feature: JIMI HENDRIX: BLUE WILD ANGEL, 2002, MLF, 118
min. Dir. Murray Lerner.
THE WHO: LISTENING TO YOU, 2004,
MLF, 87 min. Three years after their historic breakthrough appearances on the same bill at
the 1967 Monterey Festival, and one year after their triumphant performances at
1969's Woodstock Festival, The Who and Jimi Hendrix found themselves on the same
festival lineup for one last time - at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The Hendrix show
turned out to be his final major performance. Director Murray Lerner captured both artists
in full-flight. Both films feature digitally restored film and audio (both mixed into
mind-blowing 5.1). Discussion with Eddie
Kramer (audio engineer/producer for Jimi Hendrix), Cy Langston (audio technician
for The Who) and director Murray Lerner. Mods & Rockers continues Sunday, August
29th at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Buy