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Programmed by: Festival at Egyptian produced by Martin Lewis and Chris D.; Screenings at Aero curated by Gwen Deglise and Martin Lewis.
Special Thanks to: Albert Maysles, Michael Chaiken and MAYSLES FILMS; D. A. Pennebaker, Frazer Pennebaker and PENNEBAKER FILMS; Brian Belovarac & Sarah Finklea/JANUS FILMS; David Leaf, John Scheinfeld and LSL PODUCTIONS; BFI; Emily Horn/PARAMOUNT; Scott Watts/MIRAMAX; Suzanne Leroy & Shirley Couch/SONY REPERTORY; Michael Schlesinger; Morgan Neville; Brad Warner; Stefan Karrer/MILAN ENTERTAINMENT; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Paul Cronin and STICKING PLACE FILMS; Peter Whitehead and Contemporary Films; Tony Palmer and Rob Ayling; Mike Stoller; HBO; Amy Lewin/MGM REPERTORY; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Quentin Tarantino;; Michelle Phillips; Marianna Proestou; Lou Adler; Howard Frank; Harvey Kubernick; Christian Divine; Roger Friedman; Susan Lacy; Phil Carson; Bob Kaus; Richard Foos; Henry Diltz; Scott Harn; Helen Baines; Dave Haber; Maria Rivera.

 

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Mods & Rockers 2007

The Mods & Rockers Film Festival is presented with support from our Sponsors and Promotional Partners. SPONSORS:  Shout Factory • Virgin-America • Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas • Gibson Guitars • High Technology Video • PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS: Atlantic Records • KCRW "Morning Becomes Eclectic" • Razor & Tie • Criterion Collection • Concord Music Group • Rhino Entertainment • Area Arts • Morrison Hotel Gallery

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Some films in the Festival play at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica!

Our Mods & Rockers Festival returns stronger than ever for its 8th annual edition. This year at the Egyptian is a special focus on films that document the manifold delights of rock and pop culture – indeed the series could be sub-titled "We Will… We Will… DOCU!" We are presenting an exciting mixture of World, US and West Coast premieres (such as the Maysles 1964 Beatles docu, WHAT’S HAPPENING!), screenings of rarely-seen cult classics (SKIDOO) and a slew of events celebrating significant anniversaries – the 40th of the Monterey Festival, the 50th of Stax Records and the 60th of Atlantic Records. Visiting filmmakers being saluted in-person include the legendary D.A. Pennebaker (82-years-young!) from New York with MONTEREY POP, DON’T LOOK BACK, ’65 REVISITED and ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE and Britain’s iconoclastic Tony Palmer with the very belated US premiere of his 1968 masterpiece ALL MY LOVING featuring unseen (in the US) performances of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream. The festival includes salutes to rock filmmaker Peter Whitehead (TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON; "Pink Floyd London ‘66-‘67" and the West Coast Premiere of his 1970 LED ZEPPELIN LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL), to Leiber & Stoller (In-Person!) and tributes to iconic figures such as Harry Nilsson and Ahmet Ertegun. Music-makers scheduled to attend various festival screenings include: Michelle Phillips, Grace Slick, Eric Burdon, Ravi Shankar, Scott McKenzie, Donovan and members of many bands who performed at the Monterey, Woodstock and Altamont festivals 1967-1969. There will also be exhibits at the Egyptian of the artwork of Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and Ronnie Wood. Original and limited edition artwork will be available for sale - and on July 19th Grace Slick will be present to talk with collectors and personalize or dedicate artwork that is purchased. There will also be an exhibit by official Monterey photographer Henry Diltz. PLUS, just added: An incredible 4-hour FREE concert on Sunday, July 15 in the Egyptian courtyard headlined by rock legend Spencer Davis! And at the Aero, there will be screenings of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, SKIDOO, ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, PETULIA, the docu JANIS and more!

Full details and updates on celebrity attendance on the Mods & Rockers website – www.ModsAndRockers.com

More music films.

A Look Back at Mods & Rockers 2000!

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Sgt. Pepper's at 40…
a Beatles Celebration
featuring Cheap Trick

50 Years of Stax with Isaac Hayes & other special guests

details > Sat. & Sun. August 10 & 11 at 8:30 PM

details > Wed., July 18 at
8 PM

 

Friday, July 13 – 7:30 PM

Opening Night Extravaganza!

West Coast Premiere Of Ultra-Rare 1964 Beatles Documentary!

Beatles vs. Stones Cinematic Shoot-out Double-Feature!

WHAT’S HAPPENING! THE BEATLES IN THE USA, 1964, Maysles Films, 81 min. The Maysles Brothers were commissioned by a UK TV station to document The Beatles' first US visit. After completing the 30-minute program, they fashioned the wealth of material they'd shot into a full-length feature - but their hoped-for theatrical release in 1964 was squashed because of contractual conflicts (the imminent release of A HARD DAY'S NIGHT). A severely truncated version appeared on US network TV just once in 1964. Some of the source material was eventually used by Apple (completely re-edited and intercut with other content) to make the 1991 home-video compilation "The Beatles First U.S. Visit". But the original full-length film - as shot, edited and directed in 1964 by the Maysles Brothers - has rarely been seen anywhere - and never in California. This film will NEVER be on TV or DVD. So don't miss this unique opportunity to see it!

GIMME SHELTER, 1970, Janus Films, 91 min. Dir. Albert & David Maysles. The celebrated film of The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour that culminated in the cataclysm at Altamont. Also features Jefferson Airplane and The Flying Burrito Brothers. What was initially conceived as a Rolling Stones concert film became, by unhappy circumstance, a riveting eye-witness document of The Day The Music Died (again). It captured on celluloid the ugly events that transpired when the 'Prague Spring' of the free-love sixties crashed into the ugly reality of human failings that lay just beneath the surface. The Rolling Stones' free concert at the Altamont Speedway in December 1969 was the Dionysian downer that sneered at, and ultimately destroyed, the Apollonian highs of 1967's Monterey Festival and the 3-day love-fest held at Woodstock just 5 months prior to Altamont - in July of 1969. It was the wake-up call that told the hippie generation that (alas) their Dream was over

 

 

Saturday, July 14 – 6:00 PM

Hollywood Premiere!

Family & Friends of Harry Nilsson In-Person!

Plus Filmmakers John Scheinfeld & David Leaf

WHO IS HARRY NILSSON? 2006, LSL Productions, 118 min. Dir. John Scheinfeld. This new documentary by the team behind the award-winning Brian Wilson film "Beautiful Dreamer" and "The U.S. Vs. John Lennon" is a portrait of the enigmatic and beloved singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson - who the Beatles once proclaimed as their "favorite group." (The "group" reference was tongue-in-cheek. The reverence for his talent was absolute.) The film traces Nilsson's rise and his turbulent life - seen through the perspective of his many illustrious friends including John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman and Richard Perry. Nilsson hits, unreleased recordings, home movies, archival footage and rare performance clips are combined to deftly answer the question posed in the title - with humor, heart and tender poignancy. Discussion with the filmmakers and several of Nilsson’s celebrated pals including Micky Dolenz, Paul Williams, Danny Hutton. NOT ON DVD

 

 

Saturday, July 14 – 9:00 PM

Ultra-rare 35mm Screening of Otto Preminger's Cult Classic!

First Hollywood Screening in 25 years!

Special Guests!

SKIDOO, 1968, Paramount, 97 min. Dir. Otto Preminger. This infamous acid-comedy opened and bombed in 1968 but has since become a highly sought-after cult film - never on video - still not on DVD. Retired mobster Jackie Gleason is coerced by former colleagues back into business, going to prison to execute a contract on a crime commission squealer. Co-starring Carol Channing, Burgess Meredith, Mickey Rooney, George Raft, John Philip Law, Frankie Avalon - and Groucho Marx (as a gang boss named God!) in his last film. Everyone in prison, including guards, eventually get dosed with LSD. Features an acclaimed score and cameo by Harry Nilsson. Several of the cast and crew - including Otto and Groucho - took acid trips as pre-filming research! With special guests including "Skidoo-ologist" Christian Divine. More Info about SKIDOO: www.ChristianDivine.com NOT ON DVD!

 

 

Sunday, July 15 – 2:00 PM

FREE CONCERT IN EGYPTIAN COURTYARD!

ROCK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN!

To celebrate the Opening Weekend of the festival there will be an incredible FREE open-air concert in the historic courtyard of The Egyptian. It takes place on Sunday Afternoon 2pm-6pm. The concert presents five great acts - and is headlined by rock legend Spencer Davis and iconic singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop. Saluting the Summer Of Love and our Monterey Festival Reunion (Thursday July 19) is "Monterey '67" - a troupe of top-notch session musicians who present a live re-creation (in full costume) of the Monterey performances by some of that festival's key artists including: The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane. We will also enjoy a slew of Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Yardbirds and Zombies hits by British Invasion tribute band The Ravers! - and the Brit-power-pop sounds of cult 70s/80s band The Records. With raffle prizes and a Festival Season Ticket for 2 (value $500) to be won - it's going to be a 4-hour FREE Love-In - in the heart of Hollywood! (An Egypt-in!) A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

 

 

Sunday, July 15 – 6:00 PM

Ultra-Rare Promotional Films by Peter Whitehead Including Stones & Hendrix!

Ultra-rare documentary/concert film of the "Pet Sounds" -era Beach Boys!

POP FILMS, 1967, Contemporary, 70 min. Director Peter Whitehead was a music video pioneer. Whether filming The Rolling Stones debut in drag or the first promos by Jimi Hendrix and Nico - his work was truly groundbreaking - as seen in this stunning anthology of his iconic promotional films. Whitehead was originally commissioned to shoot a single film for the BBC TV show "Top Of The Pops" of a band that was unable to appear in the studio. Viewer reactions to his witty visual juxtapositions of music and imagery led to the BBC commissioning further works. The pieces de resistance are his sensational Rolling Stones films. Whitehead had already built a rapport with the band with his 1965 documentary CHARLIE IS MY DARLING - so appearing in drag for the director was not a problem for the Stones! Includes the full version of his classic 1967 WE LOVE YOU film that satirized the scandalous British Establishment persecution of the Stones by casting them as the lead characters in the trial of Oscar Wilde! (Marianne Faithfull - and the infamous Afghan rug that was all she was "wearing" during the Stones drug bust - are introduced into evidence!) NOT ON DVD

PLUS short: "Beach Boys Live In London," (1967, Contemporary, 30 min.) Dir. Peter Whitehead. A unique look at the "Pet Sounds"-era Beach Boys as documented by Peter Whitehead. When the Beach Boys completed recording the landmark "Pet Sounds" album in April 1966 - they set off for a tour of England where their evolution from surf band to purveyors of baroque pop was perceived as being a growth parallel to that of the Beatles' journey from beat group to rock band. The opinion of Paul McCartney typifies the prevalent British perception. He regarded "Pet Sounds" (which Brian Wilson had created in response to the Beatles' "Rubber Soul") as the spur that led to the creation of "Sgt. Pepper". In that climate, the Beach Boys enjoyed a respect in Britain that was eluding them in their homeland. (And to a degree still does.) Whitehead captures this fascinating moment in time

 

 

Sunday, July 15 – 8:00 PM

Three Cult Films of Swingin' London!

Rare film of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd Recording and Performing in 1966/1967!

See Footage of London's Legendary 14-Hour Technicolor Dream!

TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON, 1967, Contemporary, 70 min. Subtitled "A Pop Concerto For Film," director Peter Whitehead's legendary, kaleidoscopic documentary of mid-60's London features a Who's Who of the Swingin' London Mod Scene - including Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave (singing songs for Fidel Castro!), Julie Christie, David Hockney, Lee Marvin, Allen Ginsberg, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Small Faces, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones and their enigmatic manager Andrew Loog Oldham. It also features extremely rare footage and early music of the original Pink Floyd with the legendary Syd Barrett! The Pink Floyd material was shot just before they recorded their first album. A must-see for fans of the 'Crazy Diamond.' NOT ON DVD

PLUS short: "Pink Floyd In London 1966/1967" (1967, Contemporary, 30 min.) Peter Whitehead’s ultra-rare portrait of the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd recording the music score for TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON and performing live at the historic "14 Hour Technicolor Dream" held in April 1967 - the London equivalent of the infamous Acid tests staged by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in California in 1966. All of the London Underground scenesters were there: Alexis Korner, The Pretty Things, Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, The Creation, Pete Townshend, Suzy Creamcheese. We see John Lennon in the audience...Yoko Ono onstage…and Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd playing "Interstellar Overdrive"!

Preceded by: "Dollybirds!" (1966, 24 min.) Future double Oscar winner Robert Amram made his filmmaking debut with this 1966 paean to the delights of swingin' London's groovy chicks - the 'dollybird'! A kaleidoscopic documentary that captures the mid-60's mod zeitgeist. Vidal Sassoon snips their geometric coifs; debs do the frug at the Scotch of St. James; Mick Jagger protege Chris Farlowe serenades them with his #1 hit. But the film was completed just as the op-art scene mutated into hippiedom. Replaced overnight by the 'flower-child' - in the words of Jagger's new song - the dollybirds were instantly "Out Of Time" - as was this delightful film - which was lamentably shelved. In 2000 - the film had its belated World Premiere at the "Mods & Rockers Film Festival" - and Dollybirds rose again! The film is now considered a re-discovered lost gem of that mellow era. (Quite rightly!)

 

Tuesday, July 17 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

BRASILINTIME: BATUCADA COM DISCOS, 2007, Mochilla, 117 min. Dir. B+ . "…it is brilliant as a combination of images and music, a film that does visually what its narrative proclaims through words and scenes." -- George Lipsitz: Head of the Dept of Black Studies UCSB and author of Dangerous Crossroads. BRASILINTIME is a map that connects the world of Rio de Janeiro of the early 20th century to the South Bronx of the early 1970’s. The roads from Samba through Bossa Nova to hip-hop are a complex web of musical whispers and echoes. BRASILINTIME is a two hour documentary that traverses this journey. In 2000 some of Los Angeles' most revered soul and jazz session drummers came together with some of the city's greatest turntablists. The magic that happened during this first meeting is both homage and discovery. It was filmed and became the acclaimed short "Keepintime: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl." In November of 2002, both drummers and DJs traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The purpose of the journey was to expand the multi-generational conversation to include their counterparts from the world of Samba, Bossa Nova and Samba Rock, as well as the best new talent from Brasilian hip hop. This show was recorded and became the basis for BRASILINTIME. Shot in a direct and often experimental way, relying frequently on the use of still photography, BRASILINTIME speaks the language of the music it addresses. Starring Paul Humphrey, James Gadson, Derf Reklaw, Babu, Jrocc, Cut Chemist, Madlib and from Brasil Wilson Das Neves, Ivan Mamao Conti, Joao Parahyba and DJ Nuts. "…What makes the film so filmic are all the strange little asides, strange little nothings that capture exactly what it is like to see some cats who have done some really important wilded out music come together and do the same thing together…"-- Alex Wagner The Fader Magazine. Discussion with director B+, cast and crew after the screening. Music will follow the screening in the courtyard. Very special guests TBA. www.brasilintime.com Presented in association with Mochilla, Dublab, ArtDontSleep

 

 

Wednesday, July 18 – 7:30 PM

West Coast Premiere! Long-Lost 1970 Led Zeppelin Concert!

LED ZEPPELIN LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, 1970, Contemporary, 108 min. Peter Whitehead shot this rarity in color when the band performed at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970 - just after the release of Led Zeppelin's second album, and it's the finest example of the band's early days at full-throttle. No flashy camera-tricks - just pure Zeppelin. "Whole Lotta Love", "Communication Breakdown", "I Can't Quit You Baby" and a 15-minute version of "Dazed and Confused"! The film has never been screened theatrically in Los Angeles. This will be a great night for Zeppelin fans! With the Egyptian's 60 foot widescreen - and the 60-surround speakers pumping out 30,000 watts - prepare for a Whole Lotta Zep!

 

 

Thursday, July 19 – 7:30 PM

40th Anniversary Celebration of Monterey Pop Festival!

Grand Reunion of Monterey Stars!

In-Person Salute to Rock-doc Pioneer Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker!

MONTEREY POP, 1968, Pennebaker Films, 78 min. Directed by D.A. Pennebaker. The festival salutes the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival with a special screening of the digitally-restored version of "Monterey Pop". The evening is turning into a grand reunion of many of the surviving performers. Preceded by rare film outtakes from the Monterey Festival

Already confirmed to attend are: Michelle Phillips, Eric Burdon, Grace Slick, Scott Mckenzie, Johnny Rivers - Plus members of: Buffalo Springfield - Moby Grape - Electric Flag - Canned Heat - Big Brother & The Holding Company - The Association - Quicksilver Messenger Service. Legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (82-years-young!) will be there to present his film - the first of a 3-day mini-retrospective of his work in rock films.

 

 

Friday, July 20 – 7:30 PM

In-Person Salute to Rock-doc Pioneer Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker!

West Coast Premiere of New Dylan Film ’65 REVISTED!

Dylan Double Feature!

Special Guest Appearance by Donovan!

DON’T LOOK BACK, 1967, Pennebaker Films, 96 min. The young Bob Dylan - scathingly brilliant, arrogant, rude, witty - is captured by documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker on his triumphant first concert tour of England in 1965. The circus and entourage surrounding Dylan include folk singer/ex-girlfriend Joan Baez, eager newcomer Donovan, John Mayall, Alan Price, Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Faithfull, his legendary manager Albert Grossman, various groupies, journalists and hangers-on in a no-holds-barred, landmark documentary. A portrait of Dylan - simultaneously engaging and enigmatic - emerges through the prism of the people swirling around him.

West Coast Theatrical Premiere!

BOB DYLAN '65 REVISITED, 2007, Pennebaker Films, 60 min. Dir. D.A. Pennebaker. The West Coast Premiere of the acclaimed new film on Bob Dylan drawn from countless hours of DON’T LOOK BACK outtakes. It includes ultra-rare footage of Dylan writing and rehearsing material for his 1966 masterpiece "Blonde On Blonde". Los Angeles Times critic Robert Hilburn describes the new film simply: " The greatest rock movie ever - just got better." Discussion between films with D.A. Pennebaker and special guest Donovan!

 

 

Saturday, July 21 – 6:00 PM

In-Person Salute To Pioneer Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker

Sweet Soul Music on A Saturday Night!

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE, 2003, Pennebaker Films, 95 min. Dir. D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus. On learning that there was little or no surviving film footage or videotape of many of the greatest 1960’s and 1970’s soul artists performing on-tage, husband-and-wife documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus - working with entertainment journalist (and soul music devotee) Roger Friedman - set out to capture some of the great artists on film while they were still with us. Fortunately a large number of the performers in question were still performing on a regular basis - and in great form. The film features knockout performances from such R&B legends as Wilson Pickett, Jerry Butler, Isaac Hayes, the Chi-Lights, Carla Thomas, Mary Wilson, Ann Peebles, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), and many more, as well as interviews in which the artists discuss the ups and downs of their careers. It includes stunning performance footage of Memphis R&B pioneer Rufus Thomas, who passed on at the age of 84 shortly after being filmed. This is a dream celebration of the artists and songs that won America's heart . . . and filled it with soul.

 

 

Saturday, July 21 – 9:00 PM

World Premiere!

Sweet Soul Music on A Saturday Night!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T!!!!

RESPECT YOURSELF: THE STAX RECORDS STORY, 2007, Tremolo Productions, 115 min. Dir. Morgan Neville. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stax Records, this brand new documentary created for PBS is the authoritative history of the rise of the Memphis soul label that changed the world. The film is jammed with amazing archive rarities. Live performances, forgotten TV appearances, home movies, news footage, lost recordings of all the legendary Stax artists from Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes to Sam & Dave and The Staples Singers. The film is also the story of the civil rights movement and how the music created at Stax mirrored the glories and pains of that struggle. The film offers fresh insights from the survivors together with heartfelt testimony from Stax devotees ranging from Bono and Elvis Costello to Chuck D. Discussion following with director Morgan Neville. NOT ON DVD

 

 

Sunday, July 22 – 7:30 PM

US Premiere!

Long-Lost Film of Legendary 1967 Stax Revue!

Triple-Treat of Sweet Soul Music on A Sunday Night!

STAX REVUE 1967, 1967, Concord, 78 min. A platinum gem recently unearthed in the vaults of Norwegian TV and never before seen in the US! It’s the only known full-length film of the legendary 1967 Stax Revue - the European tour that sparked the soul revolution. Beautifully shot with multiple cameras in a controlled studio environment with quality sound - we get to experience the excitement that Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Booker T. & The MGs brought to Europe in that halcyon tour. The film has been digitally-restored and this is its US Premiere! NOT ON DVD

WATTSTAX, 1973, 104 min, Sony Repertory, Directed by Mel Stuart. This is the landmark 1972 concert that teamed soul music with Black Pride – and was dubbed the "black Woodstock". And so it was - but it’s also much more than that. Not only are there riveting performances – but the film also documents the socio-political background to the event. An emphasis on black pride and the opportunity for African-Americans to assert that - in the immortal words from Jesse Jackson's concert prologue - "I Am Somebody". The film presents a slew of great Stax Records artists performing at the L.A. Coliseum including: Rufus & Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor Kim Weston the Bar-Kays and concert-closer Isaac Hayes. We also experience the churches, shops and streets of Watts - just seven years after the race riots that scarred the city. The film delivers what comedian Richard Pryor (who delivers hilarious scathing observations) calls "a soulful expression of the black experience." We are showing the gloriously restored, extended 2003 version.

We regret that this film will not be shown. SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS, 2003, Oliver Entertainment, 60 min. Dir. Jeff Scheftel & Allan Holzman) A history of the music of Memphis including the birth of the blues on Beale Street, the rise of Sun Records and the impact of the Stax label. Featuring Ike Turner, Isaac Hayes, B.B. King, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Steve Cropper and Sam Moore. Includes last full-length interview with the late Sam Phillips. Nominated for 3 Emmys. "One of the top ten music films of all time" - Newsweek

 

 

Wednesday, July 25 – 7:30 PM

Alternative Music Double Feature!

World Premiere!

CLEVELAND’S SCREAMING¸ 2006, Hardcore Zen Films, 87 min. Produced and directed by Brad Warner, author of Hardcore Zen and Sit Down & Shut Up! The thrashing story of the Northeast Ohio hardcore punk scene from 1980 through 1985. Though other films have covered the national hardcore scene, hardcore was really a local phenomenon with each region having its own unique character. CLEVELAND’S SCREAMING gives viewers a low-tech but intimate shot-on-video portrait of one of the nation's many local hardcore scenes by focusing on the colorful characters who built their own local punk rock movement in a time and place where looking and thinking different could get you killed! Featured bands: 0DFX (Zero Defex), Starvation Army, Agitated, Offbeats, The Plague, Defnics, Hammer-Damage, and Rubber City Rebels (who were briefly based out of Los Angeles as well as Cleveland). NOT ON DVD

SCREAMING MASTERPIECE, 2006, Milan Entertainment, 85 min. Dir. Ari Alexander Ergis. Icelandic music hit the international scene with Björk and The Sugarcubes, and, in the last decade, more bands and solo acts have followed suit. Along with Bjork, Sigur Rós, Múm, Bang Gang, Mugison, Minus and Slowblow are just a few of the more recent appearing in this fascinating documentary. At the edge of the world, high in the North-Atlantic, the Icelanders have whiled away the long, dark centuries patiently honing their caustic humor, their eccentric melodies and ancient poetry. The old music, handed down from medieval times, is one of the secrets to the Icelanders’ unique sound – the howl of the arctic storm and the surf breaking on the rocky coast may be another. Whatever the explanation, the Icelanders have fostered a music scene with a sound and attitude that is all their own, mixing ancient dirges and contemporary electronics, rock, punk, pop and classical influences, to produce their own eclectic style. This film delivers the full force of the explosive Icelandic music scene with massive 5.1 Dolby sound and a fast-paced visual extravaganza. We follow the acts from their home in Iceland as they tour the world, from New York to Tokyo and beyond. The film was two years in the making and takes the audience behind the scenes of Reyjavik’s irrepressible musical underground. The creeping glaciers, barren highland sands and dark raging seas full of ghosts form a backdrop to the raw energy of the music. Discussion in between films with CLEVELAND’S SCREAMING director, Brad Warner.

 

 

Thursday, July 26 – 7:30 PM

Mod Secret Agents Double Feature:

Rare IB Technicolor Print! DEADLIER THAN THE MALE, 1966, 98 min. Dir. Ralph Thomas. An updated-to-the-1960’s incarnation of British Bulldog Drummond (Richard Johnson) takes on megalomaniac Nigel Green and his sadistic pair of scantily clad female assassins (Elke Sommer and Sylvia Koscina) as they try to corner the world industrial and oil markets, brutally eliminating all rivals. Fast-moving, beautifully shot in Technicolor on UK and Mediterranean locations, DEADLIER is an extremely enjoyable Bond-style thriller. Watch for the great opening where bikini-clad Sommer and Koscina emerge from the sea with spearguns and the jolting climax where villain Green attempts to defeat Drummond with his giant mechanical chess set. The theme song is co-written and sung by Scott Walker, and the script was co-written by Hammer Studio veteran, Jimmy Sangster.

Rare IB Technicolor Print! LIGHTNING BOLT, 1966, 90 min. "Submit to the master or be frozen forever in his cold-storage harem!" screamed the tagline. There were legions of spy films lensed in the wake of 007, but no country produced more (or stranger!) entries than European genre champions, Italy. Antonio Margheritti (CASTLE OF BLOOD; WILD WILD PLANET) turned out this surprisingly entertaining and good-looking, low budget Bond knock-off. Anthony Eisley is a wisecracking, womanizing, Madison Avenue-type spy trying to bring down corpulent evil genius (and beer manufacturer!) Folco Lulli, with the help of his boss Diana Lorys and girl-in-jeopardy Wandisa Guida. Absurd humor (Eisley repeatedly tries to buy off villainous henchmen by writing them checks!), impressive production design (Lulli’s underwater city) and plenty of fast-paced, albeit nonsensical, action pepper the film. In the US, drive-in distributors tried to capitalize on the Bond craze by titling the film LIGHTNING BOLT (get it? THUNDERBALL?), and in Italy and Spain it was called OPERATION GOLDMAN (in reference to GOLDFINGER). NOT ON DVD

 

 

Friday, July 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature Salute to Rock ‘n’ Roll Songwriting Legends Leiber & Stoller!

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller In-Person!

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of "Jailhouse Rock"!

JAILHOUSE ROCK, 1957, Warner Bros., 96 min. Dir. Richard Thorpe. Our salute to Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller - one of the greatest songwriter/producer teams in rock 'n' roll history - leads off with Elvis Presley’s landmark 1957 film for which they wrote most of the songs (and in which Stoller made a cameo appearance as a pianist). In his third film, Elvis plays a young man serving a term for manslaughter. His cellmate is a former country music star (Mickey Shaughnessy) who introduces him to the record business. Once the King is released from stir, he quickly rises to the top as a rock ‘n’ roll singer. But will he remember how he got there?! One of the best Elvis films, it features slam-bang Leiber & Stoller songs and that jawdroppingly-great "Jailhouse Rock" production sequence. With Judy Tyler. Watch the JAILHOUSE ROCK Video!

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, 2002, HBO, 105 min. Dir. Don Roy King. The deftly filmed version of the Broadway spectacular that celebrated over 40 songs from the pioneering rock ‘n’ roll canon of Leiber & Stoller – in an exhilarating non-stop revue. Among their classic songs featured in the film: "Hound Dog" "Kansas City" "Yakety Yak" "Charlie Brown" "Stand By Me" "Love Potion No. 9" "Searchin'" "Young Blood" "Is That All There Is?" Conversation with Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller between films.

 

 

Friday, July 27 – 7:00 PM [Speilberg Theatre]

West Coast Premiere!

New Documentary About UK Rock-doc Pioneer Peter Whitehead!

Includes Rare Music and Outtakes from All Whitehead’s Rock Films!

Ultra-Rare Stones/Floyd/Zeppelin/Hendrix!

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE IMAGE, 2006, Sticking Place Films, 200 min. Dir. Paul Cronin. Riveting new documentary about the iconic UK filmmaker, Peter Whitehead who filmed the Stones, Zeppelin, Floyd, Hendrix et al reveals a character far more fascinating than Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Syd Barrett and Jimi Hendrix combined! Documentary maker Paul Cronin includes fascinating new interview sequences with Whitehead, archive TV footage and rarities from all his rock films. The film lasts 200 minutes – yet it goes by in a flash – and leaves you wanting more. (It's the exact opposite of today's blockbusters!) This film will be screened in the intimate-size Steven Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian. There is very limited seating! So book early! NOT ON DVD

 

Saturday, July 28 – 4:00 - 6:00 PM

FREE CONCERT! The band The Who Show will perform in the Courtyard!

 

Saturday, July 28 – 6:00 PM

Restored Director's Cut!

3 Days of Music, Love & Peace Distilled into 4 Glorious Hours!

Includes Many Rare Performances Cut from the Original Release

WOODSTOCK (THE DIRECTOR’S CUT), 1970, Warner Bros., 228 min. Dir. Michael Wadleigh. The Woodstock festival supremely captured the heady idealism, free-form partying and exuberant music-making of the late 1960’s. Featuring The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, Ritchie Havens, Ten Years After, Santana, Sly & The Family Stone and many more. This is the much-extended Director’s Cut - featuring many performers and songs cut from the original release. The ground-breaking triple-screen imagery needs the Egyptian’s 60 foot widescreen to be fully appreciated! (You probably know how underwhelming the triple-screen images look on a TV!) And the stunning audio sounds exceptional on the Egyptian’s 60-surround speakers pumping out 30,000 watts!

 

 

Tuesday, July 31 – 7:30 PM

Salute to Atlantic Records Founder Ahmet Ertegun (On the 84th anniversary of his birth)

Atlantic Records 60th Anniversary Celebration

World Premiere Festival Screening!

Artists & Friends of Ahmet Ertegun Attending to Pay Tribute

ATLANTIC RECORDS: THE HOUSE THAT AHMET BUILT, 2007, Thirteen/WNET’s American Masters, 120 mins. Dir. Susan Steinberg. The remarkable story of Ahmet Ertegun and the influential recording empire he created is told by filming Ertegun reliving his experiences and memories with scores of pals from Jagger, Clapton, Plant & Page to Ray Charles, Aretha and Bette Midler (who also narrates). The story is illustrated with stunning long-lost music performances from virtually every Atlantic artist of note. The film traces Ertegun from his early days in America as an Embassy brat son of the Turkish Ambassador through his discovery of blues and jazz (and wild women) in the dens of Harlem - while he was still a schoolboy! Then his launch of Atlantic and the torrent of R&B, soul, rock, prog-rock and pop music that has streamed from the company over the past 60 years. The film has already been hailed as a tour-de-force. It has to be experienced on the big screen to be truly savored. There will be several Atlantic artists and friends of Ahmet Ertegun attending to pay tribute to him. (See www.ModsAndRockers.com for guest updates.) Special Guests include soul legend SOLOMON BURKE and pioneering rock 'n' roll songwriters/producers LEIBER & STOLLER. Special Guests: SOLOMON BURKE * KEITH EMERSON * SPENCER DAVIS * STEVIE NICKS * LAMONT DOZIER * PHIL RAMONE * PETER ASHER * DIANE WARREN * TAYLOR HACKFORD * LEIBER & STOLLER! (subject to availability)

 

 

Wednesday, August 1 – 6 - 7:15 PM

CD Signing with Peter Tork (Monkees) for his latest CD with band Shoe Suede Blues. FREE!

 

 

Wednesday, August 1 – 7:30 PM

Festival Closing Night!

Triple Feature Spectacular!

(Very) Belated US Premiere of 1968 UK Cult Classic!

Acclaimed British director Tony Palmer in-person!

US Premiere! ALL MY LOVING, 1968, BBC, 52 min. Filmmaker Tony Palmer (a protege of Ken Russell) rose to a personal challenge in 1967 from John Lennon & Paul McCartney that he should document the cultural- revolution-in-progress by making a film about The Beatles and their counter-culture peers and pals who were transforming pop into rock. Palmer’s ground-breaking film captured The Beatles, Cream, Hendrix, Floyd, Who, Burdon, Donovan, Zappa and more in a stunning tour-de-force (all specially-shot) that outraged the UK establishment and was deemed far too controversial for the USA. "This is just great! Exactly what we meant" said McCartney of the film in 1968. "One of our Great Treasures" says Pete Townshend in 2007. NEVER BEEN ON US TV & NOT ON DVD

CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT, 1969, Image Entertainment, 50 min. Tony Palmer was hand-picked by supergroup Cream to document their 1968 farewell concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert was a mind-blowing grand finale - fittingly captured by Palmer's kinetic direction. With the Egyptian’s 60 foot widescreen - and the 60-surround speakers pumping out 30,000 watts - prepare for a Cream-fest!

GINGER BAKER IN AFRICA, 1971, Eagle Rock, 53 min. Tony Palmer’s acclaimed documentary captures Ginger Baker’s journey through Africa - as he connects rock percussion with its tribal drumming origins. Unlike some rock musicians who flit into Africa to skim a little World Music texture to reinvigorate their musical vernacular - Baker's expedition has the air of true exploration and reverence for the essential roots of percussion. Discussion between first two films with director Tony Palmer – making a special visit from London for the screening!

 

 

 

MODS AND ROCKERS (SLIGHT RETURN)

October 5 – 9 at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres

A short "coda" to this summer’s Mods & Rockers Festival. This mini-fest presents special events, premieres, rarities and sneak previews saluting music legends such as: Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Nick Drake, Joy Division – and with a mystery sneak preview of a new rock film on an unnamed supergroup.

Mini-Festival produced by Martin Lewis.

 

Friday October 5 - 8:00 PM

Nick Drake’s Producer Joe Boyd and Sister Gabrielle Drake in-Person!

"A PLACE TO BE – A CELEBRATION OF NICK DRAKE"

Over the course of three introspective and hauntingly beautiful albums in the early 1970s, British singer/songwriter Nick Drake built a small but loyal following. Now, 33 years after his tragically early death, Drake is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential musicians of his generation. This very special evening celebrating his life and music includes films, guests and a unique art and photographic exhibit. It includes the World Theatrical Premiere of "Their Place: Reflections On Nick Drake", 2007, Bryter Music, 30 min. Various Directors - a series of short filmed homages to Nick Drake – created by admirers including Heath Ledger, Jonas Mekas and Tim Pope. (NOT ON DVD!) This will be preceded by: the definitive documentary "A Skin Too Few: The Days Of Nick Drake", 2000, Bryter Music, 48 min. Director Jeroen Berkvens - which includes rare footage and interviews with Drake’s producer Joe Boyd, arranger Robert Kirby, family members and a wealth of images and material about the brilliantly gifted musician. Co-presented with 89.9 KCRW. Special guests: Nick Drake’s sister Gabrielle Drake and record producer Joe Boyd.

 

 

 

Monday October 8 - 8:00 PM

World Theatrical Premiere! Otis Redding’s Widow Zelma and Musician Wayne Jackson In-Person!

DREAMS TO REMEMBER: THE LEGACY OF OTIS REDDING, 2007, Reelin’ In The Years Prods., 91 min, Dir. David Peck & Phillip Galloway. A brand-new film celebrating the life and career of Otis Redding incorporating 16 classic full-length performances (many not seen in over 40 years) including ultra-rare footage of his last-ever appearance just two days before his death. Also features interviews with legendary songwriting collaborator/guitarist Steve Cropper, trumpeter Wayne Jackson of the Mar-Keys, Stax Records founder Jim Stewart and Redding’s widow Zelma.

STAX REVUE 1967, 2007, Reelin’ In The Years Prods., 78 min. A platinum gem recently unearthed in the vaults of Norwegian TV and not seen in the US until now! It’s the only surviving full-length film of the legendary 1967 Stax Revue - the European tour that sparked the soul revolution. Beautifully shot with multiple cameras in a controlled studio environment with quality sound - we get to experience the excitement that Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Booker T. & The MGs brought to Europe in that halcyon tour. Features Otis Redding’s full five-song set. Discussion in between films with Zelma Redding and Stax session musician Wayne Jackson of the Mar-Keys in-person.

 

 

Tuesday October 9 - 8:00 PM

World Premiere! Hendrix Engineer Eddie Kramer & Monterey Producer Lou Adler In-Person!

AMERICAN LANDING: JIMI HENDRIX LIVE AT MONTEREY, 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC, 63 min, Dir. Bob Smeaton. AMERICAN LANDING traces Jimi Hendrix’s remarkable transformation from obscurity to his triumph at 1967’s Monterey Festival. Featuring previously unreleased performances and the entirety of his Monterey set in its original sequence - newly transferred from the original negative - with new 5.1 soundtrack mixed by Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer. Includes new and previously-unseen interviews. Preceded by: the World Theatrical Premiere of the full 30-minute version of the short film "Hendrix And The Blues"– featuring Hendrix, Buddy Guy, BB King and many more. Discussion between films with Hendrix recording engineer Eddie Kramer & Monterey Festival producer Lou Adler.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 1 – 7:30 PM

West Coast Premiere! Director Murray Lerner In-Person!

Double Feature: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR: BOB DYLAN LIVE AT NEWPORT, 2007, MLF, 83 min. Dir. Murray Lerner. This brand-new film from Academy Award-winning director Murray Lerner documents the remarkably swift metamorphosis of Bob Dylan from scrawny Guthrie-inspired protest singer to Ray-Banned rock icon in just three years. Drawing from hours of previously-unseen footage that he shot over several years at the Newport Folk Festival in the early-to-mid sixties, Lerner shows Dylan’s development from his first Newport appearance in the Summer of 1963, through his legendary 1964 performances to his historic and controversial 1965 appearance unveiling his new electric incarnation. The footage has been newly transferred from the original negative with matching audio restoration.

Special 40th Anniversary Screening:

FESTIVAL, 1967, MLF, 98 min. Murray Lerner’s acclaimed film which chronicled all the major artists at the Newport Folk Festival 1962-1966 – and illustrates how the festival was one of the crucibles in which the early 1960’s folk and blues boom evolved into the folk-rock, blues-rock and psychedelic counter-culture of the late 1960’s. Hear and see Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul & Mary, Howling Wolf, Judy Collins, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Odetta, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and more! Discussion between films with director Murray Lerner. More info.: www.modsandrockers.com