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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
DOCU!" We are
presenting an exciting mixture of World, US and West Coast premieres (such as the Maysles
1964 Beatles docu, WHATS 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,
DONT LOOK BACK, 65 REVISITED and ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE and
Britains 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 LETS 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 DAYS NIGHT,
SKIDOO, ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, PETULIA, the docu JANIS and more!
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a Beatles Celebration
featuring Cheap Trick
50 Years of Stax with Isaac Hayes & other special
Sat. & Sun. August 10 & 11 at 8:30 PM
Wed., July 18 at
Friday, July 13 7:30 PM
Opening Night Extravaganza!
West Coast Premiere Of Ultra-Rare 1964
Beatles vs. Stones Cinematic Shoot-out
WHATS 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
Family & Friends of Harry Nilsson
Plus Filmmakers John Scheinfeld & David
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 Nilssons 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!
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
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
LETS 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
Whiteheads ultra-rare portrait of the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd
recording the music score for TONITE LETS 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
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+ . "
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 1970s.
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
"-- 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
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
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
Dylan Double Feature!
Special Guest Appearance by Donovan!
DONT 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 DONT 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.
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 1960s and 1970s 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
Sweet Soul Music on A Saturday Night!
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
Long-Lost Film of Legendary 1967 Stax Revue!
Triple-Treat of Sweet Soul Music on A Sunday
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! Its 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
its 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!
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. CLEVELANDS 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 Reyjaviks 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 CLEVELANDS 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-1960s 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
(Lullis 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, 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 Presleys 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
SMOKEY JOES 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
Friday, July 27 7:00 PM [Speilberg Theatre]
West Coast Premiere!
New Documentary About UK Rock-doc Pioneer
Includes Rare Music and Outtakes from All
Whiteheads Rock Films!
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
DIRECTORS 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 1960s. 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
Directors Cut - featuring many performers and songs cut from the original release.
The ground-breaking triple-screen imagery needs the Egyptians 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 Egyptians 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
World Premiere Festival Screening!
Artists & Friends of Ahmet Ertegun
Attending to Pay Tribute
ATLANTIC RECORDS: THE HOUSE THAT
AHMET BUILT, 2007, Thirteen/WNETs 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
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
Acclaimed British director Tony Palmer
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. Palmers 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 Londons Royal Albert Hall. The concert
was a mind-blowing grand finale - fittingly captured by Palmer's kinetic direction. With
the Egyptians 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 Palmers acclaimed documentary captures
Ginger Bakers 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 summers 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
Mini-Festival produced by Martin Lewis.
Friday October 5 - 8:00 PM
Nick Drakes Producer Joe Boyd and
Sister Gabrielle Drake in-Person!
"A PLACE TO BE A CELEBRATION OF NICK
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 Drakes 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 Drakes
sister Gabrielle Drake and record producer Joe Boyd.
Monday October 8 - 8:00 PM
World Theatrical Premiere! Otis
Reddings 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 Reddings 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! Its 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 Reddings full five-song set. Discussion in
between films with Zelma Redding and Stax session musician Wayne Jackson of the Mar-Keys
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 Hendrixs remarkable transformation from obscurity to his
triumph at 1967s 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
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 Dylans 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
Lerners 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 1960s folk and blues boom evolved into the folk-rock, blues-rock
and psychedelic counter-culture of the late 1960s. 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