Festival Founder Allison Anders, Festival Director Gianna Chachere, and Music Director Tiffany Anders have announced the launch of the First Annual Don’t Knock the Rock Festival. The three-day rock film and music festival kicks-off on Friday, August 15 continuing through Sunday, August 17 at the ArcLight, the Knitting Factory and The El Rey Theatre.
The festival’s Opening Night film will be the Los Angeles premiere of David C. Thomas’ “MC5: A True Testimonial.” During the 1960s, Detroit’s MC5 fused the liberating spirit of music with the politics of rebellion, and delivered the soundtrack to a generation bent on change. “MC5: A True Testimonial” celebrates the timeless story of five working-class friends who come together with a singular vision: to change their world through rock ‘n’ roll. The premiere will be followed by a Q&A with director David C. Thomas and producer Laurel Legler.
Saturday night will be the Los Angeles premiere of Eric Idle’s “Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch.” Written by Gerard Corvin and directed by Eric Idle, “Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch” is a parody of Beatlemania, Fab-Four films, and the myriad documentaries made about the Pre-Fab Four. “Can’t Buy Me Lunch” is the sequel to the 1978 film, “All You Need Is Cash.” The cast includes Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey as The Rutles, along with Rutles fans and foes David Bowie, Billy Connolly, Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, Jewel, Steve Martin, Mike Nichols, Conan O’Brien, Salman Rushdie, Garry Shandling, Robin Williams, and cameos from the first installment by Mick Jagger,
George Harrison, and Ron Wood.
The complete program will be announced shortly.
For more info, check out the Don’t Knock the Rock website.

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