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Martin Lewis kicks-off of “Mods & Rockers” Film Festival at The Egyptian Theater

Jul 09, 2007

 

On Sunday, July 15 in the lovely courtyard of Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, you can celebrate the official weekend opening of the Eighth Annual “Mods & Rockers” Film Festival with a free open-air concert, featuring rock veteran Spencer Davis (whose hits include “Gimme Some Lovin,” “I’m A Man”), with special guest, Stephen Bishop (“It Might Be You” theme from Tootsie), and Monterey ’67 – full costume recreations of music by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Mamas And Papas.  In addition, The Ravers will perform the British Invasion Tribute Band performing hits by The Stones, Animals and Yardbirds.  The Records will also play – they perform 70’s-80’s power-pop!  The day is simply called “Rock Like An Egyptian” – and it was coined by the British-born Martin Lewis, the founder/producer of the “Mods & Rockers” Film Festival, which runs July 13-August 1 at The Egyptian and Aero Theatres in conjunction with The American Cinematheque.  In addition, the most popular celebration of rock movies in the country, will kick off July 13 at The Egyptian with the West Coast premiere of a rare Beatles documentary from 1964 called What’s Happening! The Beatles In The USA by legendary documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles, followed by their historical 1969 doc Gimme Shelter starring The Rolling Stones.  Other festival highlights include an entire weekend saluting Stax Records – a tribute to the late, great founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun and on July 14, a tribute to the late iconic singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson.

I chatted with Martin Lewis recently to find out more about the 2007 “Mods & Rockers” film festival, which includes an outdoor art exhibition presented by www.Art1967.com  called The Art Of Rockers exhibiting artworks by Grace Slick, Ronnie Wood, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sebastian Krager, and John Lennon.  In fact, this year’s Fest is stronger than ever with forty films in the three week festival – and a 40th anniversary screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop on July 19, a digitally restored version of the classic – preceded by rare Monterey outtakes, and a post discussion with Pennebaker, Michelle Phillips, Grace Slick, Eric Burdon, and other surprise guests!  That’s a hot, hot ticket…Renaissance ‘Mods’…

<><>Martin Lewis is a twenty first century Renaissance Man, who was a mod, and has been  successful taking multiple roles – a writer, performer, producer, comedic performer, columnists, humorist, monologist, radio host, TV host, master of ceremonies, talent manager, record company owner, independent film distributor, film festival curator, political commentator, pioneering of benefit events, human rights activist, and an award winning publicity and marketing strategist – whew!  How can anyone have time for all this?!  That’s a true ‘Renaissance’ man – he is the creator/co-founder, producer of the wildly successful “Mods & Rockers” Festival.  I conversed with him about the “birth” of the Film Fest, and how it’s still growing… <> 

Kat
Kramer:  You’ve been so successful with this most unique Film Festival.  How did it start?  How was the idea ‘born”? <> 

Martin
Lewis:  Here’s the thing, I first became acquainted with Filmex – the organization that inspired The American Cinematheque when I came over from England with The Secret Policemen’s Ball films, which I produced.  At the same time, I was the chairman of BAFTA/LA and I started doing collaborations with Cinematheque.  The first one was a retrospective of Peter Seller’s films.  I felt that the people at The Cinematheque were my ‘blood brothers’ – they were “passionate” about films and the notion of putting films on the big screen was important to them.  They weren’t a social crowd – they were dedicated to their audience.  I joined the board of trustees, and when the idea came up for “Mods & Rockers” (my idea along with former programming head, Dennis Bartok), it was a collaboration.  I said “you know what, this is no longer just a series or a retrospective – this is a festival.”  So from day one, we wanted to make it “festive” – a variety of activities. <> 

KK:  Tell me about the “Monterey Pop” anniversary? <> 

ML:  Well I knew it was the 40th anniversary this year of the Monterey Pop Festival (1967), I wanted to honor it.  But it got me thinking about my very first boss and mentor, Jerry Taylor – who was The Beatles publicist, but also the publicist for the Monterey Pop Fest.  He was always talking about how special it was and how glorious the mood.  So I decided to take a leaf from Book Of Monterey, it was not just music – it was all the other arts – the visual arts – a real festival in the fullest sense of the word.  So in addition to the films, we have our first ever art exhibition in the courtyard during the festival, featuring Grace Slick and Ronnie Wood. <> 

KK:  Tell me how Art1967.com became involved? <> 

ML:  The visual arts is important to me, and I was talking with Bill Thompson, who is the manager of Grace Slick and looks after the business interests of Jefferson Airplane, and I knew Grace was an artist so I arranged with him to showcase her art during “Mods & Rockers,” because she’s been an artist for twenty years, and that’s just as important to her as her music, which impacted the culture.  We got in touch with Art1967.com, which is run by Scott Hart – he represents Grace, Ronnie Wood – and the fabulous German artist, Sebastian Krager – who is famous for his Rolling Stones portraits.  He also represents the artwork of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.  We hatched a plan together. Let’s make the art – that would enhance the experience for the festival goer, but also make it completely free for everybody.  You don’t have to be going to the films (we hope you do see them, obviously – you’ll be missing out if you don’t), but you don’t have to – you can look at the art, listen to the music in the courtyard, and experience it for its own sake. <> 

KK:  You also have a new addition next door at the Pig N’ Whistle? <> 

ML:  Well it goes along with the free outdoor concert and art as a new way to experience these rare films – most of them not out on DVD.  The “Mods & Rockers” clubhouse will debut this year at the landmark “Pig N’ Whistle” (open in 1926) and we will make it our version of SoHo House, the hottest private club you can get into.  It will be open most evenings til 2 AM.  Check the website for details. <> 

KK:  Tell me about your sponsors? <> 

ML:  We’ve got great support from Gibson Guitars – who are providing a lot of the equipment.  We are also getting great help from Virgin Megastores, who are spreading the word, and I hope it’s going to an exciting, monumental three weeks! <> 

It’s clear that Martin Lewis is bringing a genuine rock film festival to Los Angeles.  For the complete list of films, events, special guests visit www.modsandrockers.com <> 

Katharine Kramer is an actress, singer, and producer.  www.KatharineKramer.com       
  September 19, 2019

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