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AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE ANNOUNCES 2007 MODS & ROCKERS FESTIVAL

8th Annual Film Festival Presents Monterey Festival 40th Anniversary Reunion

Premieres featuring: Beatles • Dylan • Zeppelin • Cream • Hendrix • Floyd • Who

 

Salutes to: The Beatles • Elvis Presley • Leiber & Stoller • D.A. Pennebaker Ahmet Ertegun & Atlantic Records • Stax Records • Harry Nilsson • Otis Redding

 

HOLLYWOOD – June 18, 2007 - The American Cinematheque announces the lineup of its 8th annual "Mods & Rockers Film Festival". The extensive 40-film program will open on Friday July 13 and will run for 3 weeks till Wednesday August 1 at the Cinematheque’s two locations - Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Full details on the dedicated festival website: www.ModsAndRockers.com

The festival – which started in 1999 as a one-off salute to 1960’s pop-culture flicks – has now expanded to become America’s largest annual celebration of rock-related films. Each year the festival presents a mixture of premieres of new films - and screenings of classic rock movies that have not been seen theatrically in many years. Nearly half of the films in this year’s festival are not available on DVD and have never been released on home-video. Many have never been seen on US TV.

The films in the 2007 festival represent a 50-year span from Elvis Presley’s "Jailhouse Rock" released in 1957 to the world premiere of the 2007 documentary "Respect Yourself" celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stax Records. The 40 films feature on-screen appearances and/or soundtrack performances by over 160 top musicians. An A-Z (Animals-to-Zappa) of the rock world.

 

OPENING NIGHT – BEATLES WEST COAST PREMIERE!

The festival opens on Friday July 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre with the West Coast Premiere of the full-length theatrical documentary "What’s Happening! The Beatles In The USA." This is the film shot by celebrated documentary makers Albert & David Maysles of the Beatles’ historic first visit to America in February 1964. Contractual conflicts in 1964 (the imminent release of "A Hard Day’s Night") prevented its intended theatrical release. A truncated version appeared on US network TV just once in 1964. Some of the source material was incorporated by Apple with other content to make the 1991 home-video compilation "The Beatles First U.S. Visit". But the original full-length film - shot, edited and directed in 1964 by the Maysles Brothers - has rarely been seen anywhere – and never in California. The opening night program will also feature the Maysles Brothers’ celebrated rock documentary of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour – "Gimme Shelter"

SALUTING 40th ANNIVERSARY OF MONTEREY FESTIVAL – WITH A REUNION

The festival salutes the 40th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival with a special screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s "Monterey Pop" on Thursday July 19. The event is also turning into a grand reunion of many of the surviving performers. Already confirmed to attend are: Michelle Phillips • Eric Burdon • Grace Slick • Scott McKenzie • Johnny Rivers • Plus members of: Electric Flag • Canned Heat • Big Brother & The Holding Company • The Association • Quicksilver Messenger Service • Buffalo SpringfieldMoby Grape. Several key performers who are unable to attend – including The Who’s Pete Townshend – are creating special video messages that will only be seen at the event. Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker is flying in from New York to present his iconic film and some specially-assembled rare outtakes.

 

IN-PERSON SALUTE TO D.A. PENNEBAKER

D.A. Pennebaker’s desire to attend the Monterey Festival reunion inspired the Cinematheque to program a mini-series of films drawn from Pennebaker’s extensive library of rock-culture films – the first Pennebaker retrospective in L.A. that the director has attended. There will be programs on the two days following the Monterey celebration. On Friday July 20th Pennebaker (82-years-young!) will present his classic Bob Dylan documentary "Don’t Look Back" together with the West Coast Theatrical Premiere of his new film "Bob Dylan: ’65 Revisited". (British music icon Donovan - who appears in the films - will be a Special Guest at the screening.) On Saturday July 21st Pennebaker will present his 2003 documentary about Stax Records – "Only The Strong Survive" (co-directed with his wife Chris Hegedus) together with his film "Shake! Otis At Monterey". Pennebaker will partake in Q&A’s at each event.

 

ENTIRE WEEKEND SALUTING 50th ANNIVERSARY OF STAX RECORDS

The entire weekend of Saturday & Sunday July 21st & 22nd is dedicated to a five-film cinematic salute to the 50th anniversary of Stax Records. In addition to the two Stax-themed Pennebaker films "Only The Strong Survive" and "Shake! Otis At Monterey" – three other films will be presented – including two premieres.

Saturday July 21st sees the World Premiere of "Respect Yourself" - a new two-hour documentary celebration of Stax Records that features a who’s who of Stax artists – including a considerable amount of long-lost vintage footage – together with interviews with fervent Stax admirers such as Bono, Elvis Costello and Chuck D. On Sunday July 22nd the festival presents the American premiere of a newly-unearthed 1967 Norwegian TV special that captured the legendary "Stax Revue" of that year – the only known full-length visual record of that tour. Rounding off the Stax tribute will be the celebrated concert film shot in L.A. in 1972 "Wattstax".

 

TRIBUTE TO AHMET ERTEGUN & 60th ANNIVERSARY OF ATLANTIC RECORDS

The festival pays tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun and the 60th anniversary of the Atlantic Records label he founded in 1947 with a special event on Tuesday July 31st – the exact 84th anniversary of his birth. The evening will present the World Festival Premiere of the acclaimed new American Masters documentary "Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built". The event will also serve as a Los Angeles memorial for the much beloved music mogul who died last December. Many of Ertegun’s friends in the music world and Hollywood community are expected to attend to pay tribute to him and the 60th anniversary of Atlantic Records.

Several other programs in the festival spotlight aspects of Ahmet Ertegun’s legacy: The salutes to Leiber & Stoller (July 27) and Stax Records (July 21/22) spotlight music that Ertegun personally championed during his long tenure at Atlantic Records. The salute to the Woodstock Festival (July 28) presents the landmark film that Ertegun financed.

 

IN-PERSON SALUTE TO SONGWRITING ICONS LEIBER & STOLLER

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller - one of the premier songwriting/producing teams in rock ‘n’ roll will be honored in-person with a special evening on Friday July 27th at the Egyptian Theatre. Two films that encapsulate their work will be shown. A new print of the 1957 Elvis Presley film "Jailhouse Rock" – for which they wrote the majority of the songs – and which features a cameo by Stoller as a pianist. (It is the 50th anniversary of the film - and of Leiber & Stoller’s debut as movie soundtrack composers.) The second movie is "Smokey Joe’s Café" – the film of the Broadway revue featuring a non-stop cavalcade of 40 of their iconic songs. As part of the evening Leiber & Stoller will also discuss their career in conversation with Festival producer Martin Lewis.

 

TRIBUTE TO BRITISH ROCK FILM PIONEER – PETER WHITEHEAD

The festival will present four programs saluting pioneering Peter Whitehead – one of the first UK filmmakers to document the key musicians of the 60s & 70s counter-culture – including the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Eric Burdon. One program will show his legendary "Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London" film with music specially composed and recorded by the Syd Barrett-era early Pink Floyd – together with an ultra-rare 30-minute film of Pink Floyd recording and performing the music live. A second program will present all of Whitehead’s classic pop promotion films for the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Animals, The Small Faces, Nico and The Move. Together with his documentary of the "Pet Sounds"-era Beach Boys in London. The third event will be the West Coast Theatrical Premiere of a long-lost full-length film Whitehead shot of the early Led Zeppelin in concert in 1970. A fourth event presents the West Coast Premiere of a new documentary about Whitehead – which includes previously-unseen outtakes culled from Whitehead’s extensive rock film archives.

 

TRIBUTE TO HARRY NILSSON

The opening weekend of the festival features a tribute to the late Harry Nilsson with the Hollywood Premiere of the new documentary about Nilsson by the makers of the Brian Wilson documentary "Beautiful Dreamer" and "The US vs. John Lennon". The film "Who Is Harry Nilsson?" features a who’s who of the legendary singer-songwriter’s friends – including Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Eric Idle and Jon Voight - and archive footage of John Lennon. The screening on Saturday July 14th will be attended by many of his family, and celebrity friends together with filmmakers David Leaf & John Scheinfeld

 

RARE SCREENING OF OTTO PREMINGER’S CULT 1968 FILM "SKIDOO"

On Saturday July 14th the festival will present a special screening of a newly-discovered 35mm print of Otto Preminger’s infamous acid-comedy "Skidoo" – which opened and bombed in 1968 – but has since become a highly sought-after cult film – never released on video or DVD. The film features an acclaimed score by Harry Nilsson (who also appears in the film) – and stars some of Hollywood’s most iconic actors including Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frank Gorshin, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, George Raft – and Groucho Marx (as God!) in his last film performance. To prepare for the comedy about LSD, several of the cast and crew – including Preminger and Groucho Marx – took acid trips!

 

SALUTE TO WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

In addition to its presentation of the films of the Monterey and Altamont rock festivals – the Mods & Rockers festival will salute the third of the trio of American rock festivals – the landmark "Woodstock" with a special screening of the 4-hour Director’s Cut of the film that restored many iconic music performances cut from the original theatrical release. The screening will be preceded with the Los Angeles Premiere of an open-air exhibit of artworks created by two of Woodstock's most iconic performers - Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. The art exhibit will be free and open to all the public. (See below for details.)

 

CLOSING NIGHT – AMERICAN PREMIERE OF CONTROVERSIAL ROCK FILM

The festival closes on Wednesday August 1 at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre with the American Premiere of "All My Loving" a celebrated 1968 film – never screened in the US - by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Palmer featuring exclusive footage he shot of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, Donovan, Eric Burdon and Frank Zappa. The film was made at the personal behest of John Lennon and Paul McCartney who encouraged Palmer (then a 25-year-old protégé of Ken Russell) to document the emerging rock artists of 1967 and 1968. The film - which intercut some of the rock performances with footage of WW II and the Vietnam War - was considered incendiary and was never shown in the US. Palmer is flying in from the UK especially for the evening – which will also include two of his other rock films – the celebrated "Cream Farewell Concert" and "Ginger Baker In Africa".

 

OTHER FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES & AMENITIES

 

ROCK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN!

FREE OPEN-AIR CONCERT HEADLINED BY SPENCER DAVIS!

On Sunday July 15th the festival will present "ROCK Like An Egyptian!" - a FREE open-air afternoon concert (2pm-6pm) in the historic courtyard of the Egyptian Theatre. The 4-hour concert will be headlined by British rock legend Spencer Davis ("Gimme Some Lovin’" "I’m A Man" "Keep On Running"). As part of the festival’s tribute to the Monterey Festival, there will be a special presentation by the band Monterey ’67 -noted for faithful in-costume re-creations of key musical performances at the legendary festival by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane. Also appearing are respected British Invasion tribute band The Ravers! and the current incarnation of 70s/80s power-pop band The Records ("Starry Eyes" "Teenarama”) featuring co-founder/songwriter/guitarist/vocalist John Wicks.

 

FREE ROCK ART EXHIBIT BY GRACE SLICK, RONNIE WOOD, JANIS & JIMI

The festival will also present a new development for Hollywood – an open-air art gallery in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard displaying and selling a revolving series of artworks by leading rock performers – including Grace Slick, Ronnie Wood, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. The revolving exhibition will be free and open to ALL the public – not just film festival attendees. Grace Slick will be present for the special exhibit of her artwork at the Monterey Festival Reunion (July 19th). The exhibit of the artworks of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix will be the first-ever exhibit of their artworks in Los Angeles. This special event will take place on Saturday July 28th to coincide with the presentation of the full-length Director’s Cut of "Woodstock". Art exhibits courtesy of Area Arts. (July 13-August 1) Full details on the festival website.

 

FREE PHOTO EXHIBIT OF CLASSIC ROCK PORTRAITS

Throughout the festival there will be a free photo exhibit in the Egyptian Theatre lobby of portraits by legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz – famous for his portraits of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – and for documenting the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 as its official photographer. Exhibit courtesy of the Morrison Hotel Gallery. (July 13-August 1)

 

 PRIVATE FESTIVAL CLUBHOUSE

The festival will also have its own adjoining private clubhouse with full bar open till 2am where festival attendees can enjoy drinks and listen to music themed to that night's movies.  The Mods & Rockers Clubhouse is situated in the private salon in the landmark Hollywood bar The Pig 'n' Whistle - next door to the Egyptian Theatre.

 

OTHER DETAILS

Tickets go on sale immediately – and may be purchased online through the festival website: www.ModsAndRockers.com

 

General Admission: $10 • Seniors/Students: $8 • Cinematheque Members: $8

The Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard • Hollywood (2 blocks east of Highland Avenue)

 

The Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue • Santa Monica (at 14th Street)

 

Film schedule on recorded phone message: 323 466 FILM (323 466 3456)

The festival is presented by the American Cinematheque – and is co-produced & hosted by Mods & Rockers co-founder Martin Lewis (a longtime Member of the Cinematheque’s Board Of Trustees) and Cinematheque Programmer Chris D.

 

HISTORY OF THE MODS & ROCKERS FILM FESTIVAL

The Mods & Rockers Film Festival was launched in 1999 and has grown to be America’s largest annual festival of rock-culture films. Over 250 films have been screened since 1999 – including many premieres and lost treasures.

The festival has always attracted major celebrities who appear as special guests to discuss films with which they have been associated. Guests who have made in-person appearances at the first seven festivals include:

 

Musicians, Composers & Actors

Roger Daltrey • Michelle Phillips • Micky Dolenz • Spencer Davis • Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) • Andy Summers • Denny Laine • Peter Noone • Nancy Sinatra • Rod McKuen • Barry McGuire • Olivia Newton-John • Lynn Redgrave • Michael York • Judy Geeson • Eleanor Bron • Michael Des Barres • Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. Bill Nighy • Strawberry Alarm Clock • Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) • Laurence Juber (Wings) • Jamie Farr • The Comets • Neal Hefti • Leigh Taylor-Young • Lee Meriwether • Pat Quinn • Justin Henry

 

Directors, Producers & Writers

Michael Lindsay-Hogg • Barbet Schroeder • Jeff Stein • Walter Shenson • Roger Corman • Dick Clement • Russ Meyer • Jay Roach • Paul Mazursky • Joe Massot • Murray Lerner • Val Guest • Dick Clement & Ian LaFrenais • Jerzy Skolimowski • Jim McBride • Allan Arkush

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported, cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation on the big screen of the Moving Picture in all its forms. It is widely regarded as the premier organization of its kind in America.

The American Cinematheque was founded in 1981 - and it presents festivals and retrospectives that screen the best of worldwide cinema, video and television from the past and present - ranging from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. The Cinematheque's festivals and programs are presented at its two permanent homes in Los Angeles: Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (opened in 1922) and The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica (opened in 1940).