Los Angeles Times
Sunday June 11th 2000


Last year's "Mods & Rockers" film festival sponsored by the American Cinematheque proved a feast for fans of the swingin' '60s. This year, for a second edition slated to run at the Egyptian Theatre from June 30 through July 12, co-organizer Martin Lewis has unearthed another assortment of music-oriented riches and embarrassments.

One of the former is "Festival," a 1967 Oscar-nominated film of the early '60s Newport Folk Festivals, including the moment when Bob Dylan "went electric" to the horror of folk purists. Lewis says the film hasn't been screened in L.A. in about 3 years and has never been on TV or video. It will be shown closing day along with "Message to Love," a documentary on the 1970 Isle of Wight festival.

Among the lowlights may be "Toomorrow" and "Pop Down," the former starring Olivia Newton-John, the latter featuring future Police man Andy Summers and ELO's Jeff Lynne, each film sporting a story line about aliens seeking to understand psychedelic rock.

Summers will also be a member of the ad hoc Anglo-American band dubbed the Shag-a-Delics along with Spencer Davis, the Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Denny Laine, Chris Spedding and Peter & Gordon's Gordon Waller, among others, playing at a "Co-Dependence Day" party on Independence Day weekend. For schedule and tickets information, check out www.modsandrockers.com.

- Steve Hochman

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