Wednesday, October 10, 2007

'Where Science Meets Fiction': Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival

Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival Builds on Its Triumph of 15 Amazing Years in Paris With Its Inaugural U.S. Festival, Dec. 5-16 in Los Angeles

'Where Science Meets Fiction,' JVAFF Celebrates on Dec. 6 With a Green Carpet Event at the Shrine Honoring Ted Turner and Jean-Michel Cousteau

Also: a Tribute to William Shatner, a Super-Tribute to Spiderman Creator Stan Lee, Titanic's 10th Anniversary and NBC'S TV Hit Heroes Live on Stage!

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ --

Building on 15 successful years in Paris, France the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival (JVAFF) will launch its inaugural -- and 1st annual -- run in Los Angeles on Dec. 5. Bearing no resemblance to any other film festival in the world, JVAFF is an extravaganza of exploration, conservation, imagination and education that previous honoree Harrison Ford has called, "the next adventure ... The one we all need ... The festival is a genuine celebration of the planet." Star-studded and inspiring events and programming will run through Dec. 16 at two pre-eminently historic venues, the Shrine Auditorium and the Los Angeles Theatre.

On 12/5, day one of this "Ultimate Event Where Science Meets Fiction," the Shrine hosts Jules Verne Day, an educational fair and exhibition for students and youth with over 3,000 attending for free. Festivities kick into high gear the evening of 12/6, with the Festival's gala green carpet Opening Ceremony and Awards. JVAFF's French creators, Jean Christophe Jeauffre and Frederic Dieudonne, with event emcee Malcolm McDowell will welcome the 2007 Jules Verne Award Honorees, philanthropist/entrepreneur/environmentalist Ted Turner (Spirit of Nature Award) and explorer-filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau (Lifetime Achievement Award).

"JVAFF came about 15 years ago with support from Jacques Cousteau," says co-founder Jeauffre, "based on the idea of exploring and preserving the planet. This was years before global warming, yet there was already the idea that change was urgently needed. The Festival has grown into something where science meets fiction -- it's about re-imagining ourselves, our way of life and our future for the better. Building the energy to restore the planet is the greatest adventure of all time, a true celebration of life, and we can come together to act on it. Like Jules Verne, whose generation faced the unknown frontiers of the industrial revolution, we are living in profoundly exciting times."

The Festival's film selections will underscore these ideas, presenting select premieres, classic films and over thirty documentaries discovering the world from the depths of The Abyss to the heavens above. Documentary highlights include the Jules Verne Adventures film Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon, starring Oscar-winner James Cameron and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Other special presentations include John Woo's new animated Sci-Fi tour de force Ex-Machina, a 25th anniversary screening of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, and a major Titanic 10th Anniversary event with James Cameron on 12/8. The Shrine's epic main auditorium will host the major green carpet events including screenings in High-Definition Digital and a full-day of exclusive 3D presentations. In the Shrine Expo Center, the Jules Verne Movie Lounge, designed as a first-class ship's cabin, will feature diverse screenings, Q&As and special events. Attendees of JVAFF programs and films at the Los Angeles Theatre, inaugurated by Charlie Chaplin in 1931, will experience another landmark building restored to its original glory.

In addition to the Titanic fete, a number of other certain to be hot-ticket events will take place over the course of JVAFF's 12-day run. Dec. 9, JVAFF's closing night at the Shrine, marks the presentation of a Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement Award to William Shatner, who rose to fame as Star Trek's legendary Captain Kirk. Awards for the best documentary films of the year will also be given out. Earlier that day, the Festival will premiere -- on the Shrine's big screen -- HD-remastered editions of episodes from the classic Star Trek series.

On the Festival's final day, Dec. 15, the legendary Stan Lee -- creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and other immortal superheroes -- will receive his Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Theatre. Continuing the super-tribute theme through closing night, JVAFF will present NBC's hit series Heroes live onstage. Expected to attend are creator Tim Kring, writer-producer Jeph Loebb and the show's stars.

Jules Verne Adventures was founded in Paris in 1991 by filmmakers and explorers Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and Frederic Dieudonne as a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploration, discovery and education and a collective mission to honor and preserve the planet. JVAFF was conceived to inspire and enlighten the human spirit about the mysteries and wonders of the universe with unprecedented spectacle, style and passion. Since 1992, the festival has taken place annually in Paris at the Grand Rex, the largest movie theatre in Europe. In 2006, a gala one-night preview event for this year's first full-scale U.S. Festival took place at the Shrine, and their massive proscenium was re-christened the Jules Verne Stage. That evening, film legends George Lucas and Harrison Ford and primatologist Jane Goodall were Jules Verne Award honorees.

Past honoree James Cameron has said, "The Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival is unique. It helps celebrate the spirit of adventure and of exploration. This is what we need now and for the future." Los Angeles, a city that in many ways has "seen it all," is about to get a glimpse of something completely new when JVAFF takes residence on Dec. 5.

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Source: Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival

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