The Mods & Rockers Film Festival was launched in 1999 and has grown to become America's largest annual festival of rock-culture films. Over 300 films have been screened since 1999 - including many premieres and lost treasures. In addition to the annual summer festival - the festival present occasional special events during the year. The festival is produced and hosted by its co-founder Martin Lewis.

The festival has always attracted major celebrities who appear as special guests to discuss films with which they have been associated. Guests who have made in-person appearances since 1999 include:

Musicians, Composers & Actors

Eric Burdon • Grace Slick • Donovan • Roger Daltrey • Michelle Phillips • Micky Dolenz • Spencer Davis • Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) • Keith Emerson (ELP) • Solomon Burke • Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) • Andy Summers • Denny Laine • Peter Noone • Nancy Sinatra • Rod McKuen • Barry McGuire • Olivia Newton-John • Lynn Redgrave • Michael York • Judy Geeson • Eleanor Bron • Michael Des Barres • Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller • Bill Nighy • Strawberry Alarm Clock • Peter Asher • Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) • Lawrence Juber (Wings) • Jamie Farr • The Comets • Neal Hefti • Leigh Taylor-Young • Lee Meriwether • Pat Quinn • Justin Henry

Directors, Producers & Writers

Michael Lindsay-Hogg • Barbet Schroeder • Jeff Stein • Walter Shenson • Roger Corman • Dick Clemennt • Russ Meyer • Jay Roach • Paul Mazursky • Joe Massot • Murray Lerner • Val Guest • Dick Clement & Ian LaFrenais • Jerzy Skolimowski • Jim McBride • Allan Arkush • D.A. Pennebaker • Tony Palmer


The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported, cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation on the big screen of the Moving Picture in all its forms. It is widely regarded as the premier organization of its kind in America. The American Cinematheque was founded in 1981 - and it presents festivals and retrospectives that screen the best of worldwide cinema, video and television from the past and present - ranging from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. The Cinematheque's festivals and programs are presented at its two permanent homes in Los Angeles: Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (first opened in 1922) and The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica (first opened in 1940).

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