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The Adventure Begins

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, December 05, 2007, at 07:58AM

A festival that has names like Stan Lee, Buzz Aldrin, Patrick Stewart, Jane Goodall and Jean-Michel Cousteau promises a mix of sci-fi, environmental issues, and most importantly, good films.

After being based in Paris for 15 years, founders Frederic Dieudonne and Jean-Christophe Jeauffre bring the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival to Downtown L.A. for the love of it. It opens tonight at the Shrine Auditorium with a “green” carpet, and the next five days of events, premieres, tributes and films are dedicated to “adventure with new generations” and take on Jules Verne’s sense of exploration, with a dose of environmental messages.

True to the traditions of resourceful pioneers, festival organizers added one of the most popular films ever made Downtown. "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" was packaged this year to mark the 25th anniversary of it's original release, and had limited screenings. It will be seen at the Shrine Auditorium Sunday evening, December 9. That afternoon, the Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to William Shatner. Closing night at the Los Angeles Theater will celebrate the NBC series "Heroes."

More importantly, the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival is an international film event that bypassed the usual Los Angeles screening sites, and committed early to being seen just Downtown.

A few years ago, that would have been a fantasy.

To see the full schedule, go to Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival website.

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