The American Cinematheque plans to transport theater-goers back to rock ‘n’ roll’s vintage 1960s heyday with its Mods & Rockers 2006 film festival of rock documentaries, centered on groups from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Mods & Rockers 2006 will have screenings locally at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica from Friday through Sunday, July 27th to 29th. Screenings are also currently being held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

The Aero Theatre is at 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 per screening.

The festival features documentaries and rare footage, including a segment on the 50th anniversary of STAX Records and soul music. Featured is footage of soul greats Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and Booker T and the MGs.

And the festival dusts off the Elvis Presley classic Jailhouse Rock with legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in-person.

Other films scheduled to be screened deal with rock ‘n’ roll giants The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Bob Dylan, Santana, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and David Bowie.

A 40th anniversary screening of footage of the Monterey Pop Festival will take place with 82-year-old documentarian DA Pennebaker in-person visiting from New York.

The eighth annual edition of the Mods & Rockers Festival will feature a mixture of world, U.S. and West Coast premieres (such as the Maysles 1964 Beatles docu, What’s Happening!), screenings of rarely-seen cult classics (Skidoo) and a lot of events celebrating significant anniversaries, including the 60th of Atlantic Records.

Britain’s iconoclastic Tony Palmer plans to present the very belated U.S. premiere of his 1968 masterpiece, All My Loving, featuring unseen (in the U.S.) performances of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.

The festival includes salutes to rock filmmaker Peter Whitehead (Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London, Pink Floyd London ’66-’67) and the West Coast Premiere of his Led Zeppelin: Live at the Royal Albert Hall from 1970. Filmmaking team Leiber and Stoller plan to appear in person and tributes to iconic figures including Harry Nilsson and Ahmet Ertegun are planned.

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 that performed at the Monterey, Woodstock and Altamont festivals from 1967 to 1969. There will also be exhibits at the Egyptian Theatre of the artwork of Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and Ronnie Wood.

Original and limited edition artwork will be available for sale.

There will also be an exhibit by official Monterey photographer Henry Diltz.

Additional highlights at the Aero Theatre include screenings of A Hard Day’s Night, Rock Around the Clock, Petulia and the documentary Janis.

Information, (323) 466-3456 or www.modsandrockers.com/.

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