The Mods & Rockers Film Festival


The "Mods & Rockers Film Festival" was created in 1999 by British-born, US-based, film producer/humorist Martin Lewis. Over the years it has presented multiple full-length film festivals, retrospectives, premieres, special screenings, concerts and events celebrating musical, comedic, dramatic and documentary films of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. For many years these events took place in L.A. at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre and the Aero Theatre. With satellite seasons at New York's Lincoln Center, Washington's AFI and the Paley Center in both NYC and L.A.

Since its inception the festival has exhibited hundreds of classic films and "lost treasures". It has also hosted numerous actors, directors, producers, musicians and composers as special guests in discussions of their films with festival curator/producer Martin Lewis.

Guests who have made in-person appearances include:

Actors, Musicians, Composers & Music Producers

Peter Asher Stephen Bishop Eleanor Bron Joe Boyd (Nick Drake producer) • Eric Burdon Solomon Burke Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) • Stewart Copeland Roger Daltrey Spencer Davis Michael Des Barres Micky Dolenz Donovan Keith Emerson (ELP) • Jamie Farr Bruce Gary (The Knack) • Judy Geeson Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag) • Neal Hefti Justin Henry Eric Idle Neil Innes Davy Jones Laurence Juber (Wings) • Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) • Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix engineer/producer) • Robby Krieger (The Doors) • Denny Laine John Phillip Law Jerry Leiber Jackie Lomax Barry McGuire Rod McKuen Lee Meriwether Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) • Olivia Newton-John Bill Nighy Peter Noone Michelle Phillips Mike Pinder (Moody Blues) • Pat Quinn Lynn Redgrave Nancy Sinatra Grace Slick Victor Spinetti Mike Stoller Andy Summers Aaron Taylor-Johnson Leigh Taylor-Young Peter Tork Gary Valentine (Blondie & Iggy Pop) • Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) • Evan Rachel Wood Michael York

Film Directors, Producers & Writers

Lou Adler Allan Arkush Dick Clement Roger Corman Stanley Dorfman John Goldstone Val Guest Taylor Hackford Paul Heller Bill Jones Ian La Frenais Murray Lerner Michael Lindsay-Hogg Joe Massot Paul Mazursky Jim McBride Russ Meyer Andrew Loog Oldham Tony Palmer D.A. Pennebaker Jay Roach Barbet Schroeder Walter Shenson Jeff Stein Mel Stuart Julie Taymor Sam Taylor-Johnson Ben Timlett Gail Zappa

Musical Ensembles

The Comets The Monkees The Police The Quarrymen The Rutles The Shagadelics Strawberry Alarm Clock


Here are links to the archived websites for bygone Mods & Rockers film festivals and special events:


Mods & Rockers founder/producer Martin Lewis is also known for instigating/curating/producing/hosting multiple other film festivals, screenings and retrospectives for the American Cinematheque, the British Academy of Film & TV Arts, The US Motion Picture Academy, Lincoln Center, the Paley Center and AFI - including high-profile celebrations of the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Peter Sellers, Peter Cook, Richard Pryor, Glenn Ford, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roag, Dalton Trumbo, Amnesty International, UK's Channel Four Films and Hammer Films.

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