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Jules Verne comes to USA

02/10/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The inaugural US version of the French Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival festival to run December 5th-16th 2007 in Los Angeles with a Tribute to William Shatner, Spiderman creator Stan Lee, and NBC'S TV series Heroes live on stage.

Building on 15 years of events in Paris, the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival will launch its inaugural Yankie run in Los Angeles on December 5th at the Shrine Auditorium and the Los Angeles Theatre.

Malcolm McDowell will welcome the 2007 Jules Verne Award Honorees with Ted Turner.

"JVAFF came about 15 years ago with support from Jacques Cousteau," co-founder Jeauffre told "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."

James Cameron 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."

The Festival's film selections will include premieres, classic films and thirty documentaries including the Jules Verne Adventures film Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon, starring James Cameron and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Other special presentations include John Woo's new animated Sci-Fi film Ex-Machina (presumably not 'borrowed' from fantasy bestseller The Court of the Air's Hexmachina character), and the 25th anniversary screening of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

JVAFF's closing night at marks the presentation of a Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement Award to William Shatner, who rose to fame as Star Trek's Captain Kirk.

On the Festival's final day, Lee - creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and other 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.

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