Jules Verne Festival's Extraordinaire at The Edison

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Once in a Lifetime Celebrations of Legendary Films, People & Achievements

Alfred Hitchcock's 49th film was The Birds, an adaptation of a novella by Daphne du Maurier, which was inspired by an actual news story about a mysterious infestation of birds in Santa Cruz, California. Tippi Hedren was the blonde heroine, playing opposite Rod Taylor. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival with Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren in attendance. It was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Special Effects and Tippi Hedren received the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress in 1964. The film ranked number one of the top ten foreign films selected by the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards and honored Hitchcock with the Best Director Award for the film.

The Jules Verne Festival and the world-class lounge, The Edison proudly announce the festival's new screening series entitled Extraordinaire, which will pay tribute to iconic films, honor legendary people, recognize outstanding achievements and celebrate significant milestones. The Edison will host Extraordinaire once a month to create living history--providing guests an insight into past eras of invention & discovery; blending science, adventure, imagination and innovation. The first film in the series is Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds this Sunday, September 14th at 6:00pm. A special presentation to actress and conservationist, Tippi Hedren, as well as a special tribute to the original cast will take place prior to the film screening. Also a special screening of Noel Marshall's Roar, with a special call for action for the Shambala Preserve, will take place. Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, new co-hosts of At The Movies, will join Extraordinaire as hosts for the series.

Future Extraordinaire screenings include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes (40th Anniversary) and Some Like It Hot (50th Anniversary) amongst other notables. For Tickets please visit: http://www.edisondowntown.com

The Edison will, also, be one of the two main venues of the JVF'S 2008 film selection screenings and will host the opening and closing night Green Carpet After Parties on October 24th and 26th. For more information visit the Jules Verne Festival Website: http://www.JVAFF.ORG and to purchase tickets visit The Edison Website: http://www.EDISONDOWNTOWN.COM

About Jules Verne Festival: Jules Verne Adventures proudly celebrates 17 years of Exploration, Education and Conservation through Imagination. JVF experiences Extraordinary Voyages in the spirit of iconic visionary author Jules Verne: where Science meets Fiction, where Cinema meets Real-Life Exploration. JVF dedicate the first 17 years to the ones that fight for the Earth, to the actors, filmmakers, artists and leaders who broaden our imagination and to the ever-growing audiences of the Jules Verne Festival. Honorary Board members include: Buzz Aldrin, Ernest Borgnine, James Cameron, Tony Curtis, Albert Falco, Harrison Ford, Jane Goodall, Brian Jones, Christopher Lee, Patrice Leconte, Malcolm McDowell, Jacques Piccard, Bertrand Piccard, Omar Sharif, John Scott, Patrick Stewart, Don Walsh, Jean-Jules Verne.

About The Edison: A signature lounge alive with artifacts from its history as Downtown LA's first private Power plant; A celebration of an era of innovation and imagination- the blending of sciences, art and industry.

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