Here I’m fowarding the latest Wrecking Crew Movie newsletter entirely. These are not my words, but the words of the movie’s creator Denny Tedesco (yes, Tommy Tedesco’s son).
Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts
– Ruth Gordon
Well here are the facts that I will face and conquer, as well as a few questions that need to be addressed.
Why has the film not been released yet?
- I have to pay off the licensing before we can distribute. Pretty easy to understand when you have 133 music cues the majority of which are huge hit records, but without them there is not a story!
- Once we pay off the licensing we will hit the road with the film. Small art house theaters, special events-fund raisers, universities, local music stores. (if they want it, we’ll be there)
- The DVD of the film will have a companion DVD of out-takes. I continue to shoot more interviews to be included in the 2nd DVD.
- We hope to have a compilation soundtrack to go with it. (CD and LP— dust off the turntable)
Why haven’t I given up?
That wouldn’t be a great example to my children. The screenings that we have give me hope and faith by the encouraging words from the audiences at Q&As as well as the emails that follow. If they were walking out, then I’d quit. Neither my father nor his friends ever gave up their dream of playing music for a living so I will keep going to share their story.
Why is this film and other music docs of this era important?
If you were an art student and someone asked, “Who is Michelangelo, Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci?”, they know who they were (hopefully). Well I feel the same way about these musicians and artists in the 20th century. Thousands of years of making music, but we are the only generation in the history of mankind to experience the first recordings. We know exactly what the artist meant the piece to sound like. The only way to teach any subject is to know the fundamentals, and what came before us influences what we produce in the future. This is not just music but everyday life.
I guess Ella says it better.
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong – Ella Fitzgerald
One Last Request…
I received an email from a fan of the movie in Europe. He loved the film which is very gratifying, but then he said he bought it on the internet. Oh wow! I hope that’s not true. If it is, I beg you with all of my heart -? please, please don’t buy this film until you receive an official announcement from me that it’s available to purchase. You’ll be the first to know if you’ve signed up on the website.
I have spent 14 years of my life, trying to make this dream come true. I can’t even imagine the kind of person that would do that. That is bad Karma.
(If you want the Wrecking Crew Film with Dean Martin as Matt Helm — that’s different… go for it)
My other request goes to others who have made copies from screeners without my permission. Some of you I know. (this is different then selling it)
I truly thank you so much for the greatest compliment by bootlegging the DVD. And the buzz is the best thing that keeps others wanting to see it which is awesome. But it doesn’t get me across the finish line.
Ask any musician how they would feel if they found out someone didn’t buy their album because they already had a copy. (hit home?)
But please at least send a donation to help me pay for the rights. It’s tax deductible. Send me the matinee price if you watched it during the day. But if you watched it at night with a room full of musicians, please think of it as a cheap night out with friends.
If you’re one of the many tour buses that had the chance to view it and liked it, dedicate a song from your band. (details on website).
Enjoy the out-takes and please tell others to sign up on the site. It’s the most important need next to raising donations.