DENNY’S GRAND SLAM OR THE WRECKING CREW INTERVIEW PART II? BY ED HUERTA
So much has transpired since we brought you our first interview with Denny Tedesco concerning The Wrecking Crew Film. The Kickstarter was just underway and there was that huge hope that the $250,000 benchmark would be reached.
Many thanks to our readers and so many others who believed in this project and supported it. The Kickstarter had 4,245 backers for a total sum of $313,157 pledged, way beyond the $250,000 goal.
This allowed Denny Tedesco to cut some more special footage back into the movie allowing some great additions since the time when many saw the screening for the first time.
For updates and additions to this list, click here.
Here’s a list of cities and dates so far:
Halifax, NS: Carbon Arc Cinema Co-op
Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Vancouver, BC: VanCity
Hamilton, ON: Art Gallery Of Hamilton
123 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8, Canada
+1 905-527-6610 – See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/thewreckingcrew/#sthash.d8klsv29.dpuf
Saint John, NB: TIFF Film Circuit
116 Tower Street, Saint John NB, E2M 1Z1
(506) 214-1174 – See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/thewreckingcrew/#sthash.d8klsv29.dpuf
Calgary, AB: Globe Theatre
617 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
One Kendall Square, at 355 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139
Cincinnati, OH: Esquire Theatre
320 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Dallas TX: Magnolia
3699 McKinney Avenue in West Village
(214) 520-0394 Landmark Theaters
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
110 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Fayetteville, NC: Cameo Theater
225 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC 28301
New York, NY: IFC Center 5
323 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10014
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
Santa Ana, CA: South Coast Village 3
1561 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Join Wrecking Crew members Hal Blaine, Joe Osborn, Don Randi, Bill Pitman, and more of the cast of the movie, along with director Denny Tedesco. Tickets still available! Be a part of the LA Premiere.
Kitchener, ON: Apollo Cinema
141 Ontario St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 4Y5, Canada
Asbury Park, NJ: The ShowRoom
707 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Camas, WA: Liberty Theatre
315 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607
Cleveland Heights, OH: Cedar Lee Theatres
2163 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Columbus OH, Gateway Film Center
South Campus Gateway, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
Eugene, OR: Bijou Art Cinema
492 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
Jefferson City, MO: Capitol City Cinema
126 East High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Kingston, ON: The Screening Room
120 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7L 5M6, Canada
Lambertville, NJ: ACME
25 South Union Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
400 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
4061 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
San Luis Obispo, CA: Palm Cinema
817 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Santa Fe, NM: Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Saskatoon, SK: Broadway Theatre
715 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B3, Canada
Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema
3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85716
Vancouver, WA: Kiggins
1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660
Gateway Film Center, Columbus OH (DCP)
South Campus Gateway, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
Gainesville, FL: Hippodrome – Gainesville
Phoenix, AZ: The FilmBar
San Francisco, CA: Opera Plaza Cinemas 4
San Luis Obispo, CA: Palm Cinema
Seattle, WA: SIFF Cinema at the Uptown Railroad Square, Waterville ME (DCP)
17 Railroad Square, Waterville, Maine, 04901
Aperture, Winston Salem NC (Blu-ray)
311 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
PFC Limelight, Bellingham WA (DCP)
1416 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 738-0735 – See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/thewreckingcrew/#sthash.d8klsv29.dpuf
Palm Desert, CA: Cinemas Palme D’Or 7
Spokane, WA: Magic Lantern Theatre
Baton Rouge, LA: Manship Theatre
Wichita, KS: Orpheum Theater
Fort Worth, TX: Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth
Bethlehem, PA: ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
Springfield, MO: Moxie Cinema 2
Lafayette, LA: Acadiana Center for the Arts
Memphis, TN: Brooks Museum of Art
Albuquerque, NM: Guild Cinema
WATCH ON DEMAND MARCH 13th
Amazon: Coming Soon
AT&T UVerse: On Demand > Uverse Movies > Featured/Early Releases
Barnes & Noble: Coming Soon
Cablevision: On Demand > Movies > Advanced Screenings
Charter: Channel 1 (On Demand) – Movie > New Releases (Search Titles)
CinemaNow: Coming Soon
Comcast: Top Picks > New Movies
HD On Demand > Movies > Just In
HD On Demand > Movies > Indies & Foreign > Magnolia Pictures
Cox: Early Screening > In Theaters
DirectTV: Channel 1000 and 1100 (On Demand) > Movies > (Search Titles)
Dish: DVR Button > All Movies > Search Movies > Search by Film or Actor
FlixFling: Search Title
Google Play: Coming Soon
iTunes: Coming Soon
Playstation 3 Store: Video > Playstation Store > Studios > Magnolia Pictures (Search Titles)
SuddenLink: Movies & Events > New Releases
Time Warner Cable: HD Movies > Movies
Verizon FIOS: Movies > By Genre > All > Indies & Docs > Magnolia
VUDU: Coming Soon
Xbox360 / Zune:Video Market Place > Zune > Featured (Search Titles)
YouTube: Coming Soon
See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/thewreckingcrew/#sthash.d8klsv29.dpuf
Once again, for updates and additions to the list, click here.
The DVD is scheduled to come out on June 16th…and because this was Wrecking Crew Round II, Ed decided to title this DENNY’S GRAND SLAM OR THE WRECKING CREW INTERVIEW PART II? BY ED HUERTA – Jack
Movie trailer, photos, and photo captions courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
DENNY’S GRAND SLAM OR THE WRECKING CREW INTERVIEW PART II? BY ED HUERTA
I first interviewed Denny Tedesco in July of 2013. I had previously enjoyed a screening of The Wrecking Crew at Chapman College (thank you to Paula and Steve Soest) in Orange and was totally thrilled with the experience. It was a music fans’ dream come true.
I actually had a one on one with Hal Blaine THE drummer man! He is the cat that played the skins on all of those historical songs. I grew up to learn to play drums like him. I thought it was Dennis Wilson for many years, oh well.
I also got to talk to Denny for a few seconds. He was a very nice man and greeted my wife and I like we were old pals. I will never forget that. I also got to see Exene from X. She sat right in front of us. The audience had many celebrities. It was quite a night.
2015 AND THE RELEASE OF THE WRECKING CREW FILM
Well, now it’s 2015 and a lot has happened since then…to me and to Denny. Denny has gotten The Wrecking Crew Film backed by a distributor and it will be in nationwide distribution with the DVD soon to follow. If any of you have not seen this movie yet, well, why not??? Go see it in your local theater or purchase this from Denny’s website.
This is truly a historical document that is just incredibly well and lovingly done. It is THE MUST SEE movie if you are a true music fan! The soundtrack alone is worth its weight in gold! Nothing but the hits!
Well, enough of my yakkin’, here is the latest update with Denny and I truly wish him the best of luck and I know his pop, Tommy, is looking down from heaven and smiling and telling everyone, “Hey, that’s my son! My son did that!!”
I also want to thank Denny for his concern about my well -being and his respects that he showed my wife and I. So read on people and a hearty thank you to Denny Tedesco and his family for letting me in and being a part of his life and sharing their time for a little bit. I tell ya, all of these folks that I have interviewed are all the nicest people in the world. They truly deserve the respect and platitudes. Thanks again for the read, enjoy…Peace, Ed H.
EH: First off Denny, let me thank you for the time you are giving us here at Jackaboutguitars.com. I know you are truly a busy man and we do appreciate you making time in your busy schedule.
DT: No problem. Thank you guys.
EH: I first interviewed you about a year and a half ago and since then you have totally been non-stop in promoting your movie. I see it first premiered in 2008, which is seven years ago, and I also read it was about 18 years in the making.
DT: Yep. I started in 1996 when my father was diagnosed with cancer, so that’s when I jumped into it. They gave him a year and I thought that I’d better jump in on this because I don’t want it to be my one regret in life as not doing this story about him and his friends. So I jumped into it completely and there’s no way if you would have told me that in two decades and nineteen years that it would finally come out. I don’t think anybody thought that it would take that long or even try to do it.
EH: Right, right…now are you finally getting the feeling that you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?
DT: Yes, absolutely, absolutely you know. Magnolia Pictures picked it up after we paid out all the things that we needed to pay. Now Magnolia’s releasing it in the states March 13th. It goes to Canada February 20th to Toronto and Vancouver and Halifax and then it opens March 13th in stages as well as iTunes and some VOD, (Video On Demand) platforms so finally people will be able to see it.
EH: I see locally here, we are going to have some screenings in West L.A. and Santa Ana. Now is this just one night only or will it run for a while?
DT: Now I don’t know about Santa Ana, but it’s scheduled to play for a week in West L.A. What happens is if people go to it then they will hold onto it. Right now tickets are going on sale at Nuart. I asked them to put them for sale early because people kept asking to buy tickets. So that’s what they’re doing.
EH: That’s cool…Now I remember when I saw it at Chapman College in Orange, you were there and some musical celebrities were there also. Now have you, now I know you can’t be in two places at once, like some sort of rock and roll Santa Claus, but have you stopped going to all of the screenings?
DT: No, I’ve been to every one of them since then. Now I’m in the situation where I can’t, where I can go to the ones that are available to me where I can go and where I will go, but there are screenings that they are sending me like in Boulder, the Boulder Colorado Film Festival. They are using it as their opening film and that’s one I will go and that’s opening on March 5th. So that’ll be cool. They will bring me out and hopefully there are a few others…Wichita and a few other places. It’s fun to go. I love going. I’m able to talk about the film and there are a lot of questions at the end of the film that people want to know more.
EH: Man, like seriously, how long have you been home in the last two years?
DT: I’d say once or twice a month I’d be leaving for a few days and I’d just keep going around and around…sort of like a musician or comedian where you do those one night stands. It was hard but it paid off.
EH: You joined the Kickstarter program and the funding went higher than your anticipated goal. I know I contributed, my brother contributed and several of our friends also, I dig the gifts, I got the DVD coming and I got the pick necklace, which is cool and I couldn’t wait to bring home the DVD. My wife and I saw you at Chapman College and I was teasing her about man, when I get the DVD home that you’re going to get so sick of this!
DT: Imagine how my family feels!
EH: I bet, so hopefully my wife is up there with your dad watching it together in heaven. Unfortunately, I lost her a couple months ago.
DT: I’m so sorry.
EH: Yeah, thank you Denny. It has been tough, but hopefully they are both up there watching it…but with Kickstarter, how did the overwhelming public support make you feel?
DT: It’s great. Here’s the thing about the Kickstarter. We started doing donations in 2010 and we realized there was no way we were going to keep going because no one wanted to pick up the film because there was a huge back end payment of all the songs, all the unions, all this, all that. Basically we paid everything else, which is going to get the royalties paid, and the licensing paid, so until we started doing donations it looked like a lost cause.
Once we started doing donations, like the first donations came in whatever that was, then we started paying off all the publishing and the labels and that went on for a couple of years. Then I kept trying to get a number from the musicians union and that was the big one that we needed to find out. I knew what everything else was going to cost but I didn’t know what that was.
So by the time it got to the point where we had almost the labels and publishers about 90 percent paid off, I finally got the number from the musicians union which meant that whatever money we raised for them was going to go to the musicians themselves, which was great, that’s a payment I’d love to pay.
At that point it was $200,000 and as Kickstarter was concerned, and they said that only one percent of any project over $100,000 ever gets financed and I said that I understand but I don’t have a choice because I can’t keep going back. Because it gets harder and harder, because like you, you donated and donated, and I could tell you that I need a few more dollars, sooner or later people are going to get upset.
I knew I needed more than $200,000. I needed $250,000 just to cover the postage, the gifts and all that other stuff and I knew if I got that that I could cover that big bill, but I still needed more licensing. I still needed to reedit the film and there’s a lot of deliverables that people don’t understand, the mix and all that.
So when I got to the $300,000, that’s when the extra money helped me to reedit in Leon Russell and found more stock footage of the guys in the studios so that was feasible and I knew that was feasible and because we’ve been building this fan base for three years, more that that, and I knew it was possible.
People didn’t believe it was possible and you just have to work it, and we all worked it, friends, the family worked it. You do a couple of interviews and it worked. Like you guys doing your interviews works, it all works, but it just takes time.
EH: I would hope that all the fans of music would help you, would give back for all of the memories they have gotten…
DT: My biggest mistake on Facebook was my delivery of the DVD. I keep telling people that I don’t know why I picked 6 months after I didn’t get my money until after February of 2014, so my delivery of June wasn’t even close. I could never have made that. I was still waiting for people to respond over these licenses. So that was my being naïve about it thinking I could do that.
But I knew also that I had to release the film theatrically first. If Magnolia never picked up on it we would have done that earlier but once Magnolia became interested it was like okay we have to hold off the DVD because if the DVD came out, they are not going to pick it up there would be no reason for them to. So to the few people that are upset for not delivering the DVD, it’s like you know what, I realize the majority of people are cool and supportive, the 2 percent that are upset, I apologize.
EH: Well, you know, like Rick Nelson said “you can’t please everybody”.
DT: (laughs) Yeah, Garden Party, very funny. I think I’ll use that on my next apology. Rick Nelson says like in Garden Party…
EH: I’m planning on seeing it again on the big screen in Santa Ana.
DT: And the great thing is that you haven’t seen the new cut!
EH: There shouldn’t be anyone pissed off about a late DVD, come on…
DT: I have to get over it, the nasty comments. I am sorry. It’s a sensitive issue with me. It’s a personal thing because I’m trying and try and try.
EH: Well, I wouldn’t worry too much about it…it’s just a small percentage of people. We are all totally behind you and back you up 100 percent.
Now can you see the excitement building in people as you move forward to the release of a DVD and soundtrack?
DT: That’s another thing I have to tell you about. Richard Foos is helping us put together a soundtrack and we are putting together some pledge music and people can start to order a soundtrack starting next week and that’s going to be cool because it’s going to be 3 CD’s filled with hits and outtakes of audio tracks and enhanced with some of the songs and a 4th CD, I am licensing the guys themselves, my fathers music, Don Randi’s music other music, some jazz, some rockabilly and some of it’s country. See: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thewreckingcrew
EH: Being this is mostly older music and there is a vinyl resurgence going on, will this be available on vinyl too?
DT: It’s going to be 4 cd’s and also a double vinyl LP.
EH: You know these audiophiles and older guys like me dig the vinyl too…
DT: Yeah, I’m hoping they do, that’s the thing that’s why there’s no interest in the soundtrack by Magnolia, they don’t see that, it’s not their world. They don’t think there’s a market for it.
My biggest problem is trying to convince them to do a DVD with multiple chapters. I am struggling with that because I have so much footage that I want to put out. You got different levels, you want to buy this one or do you want buy this one? Let people decide…some would get a DVD with a few extras or you can get the 50 dollar one with whatever it is like 4 DVD’s or whatever it is.
EH: I think that’s a damn good idea! I mean guys that are totally into music are going to buy the 4 DVD set. We thirst for this. I mean you have the Holy Grail, the front row center seat of the history of music in the 60’s right there! Come on, the more info you get out there, there are a ton of musical historians out there, especially on Facebook. I thought I knew a lot about music. Oh my God, but I have met these people online that are just amazing musical historians, that know incredible minutiae of obscure stuff! It’s totally amazing.
DT: Yeah there are some major people out there that are just a little nuts.
EH: That goes to my next question, will there be some added surprises that aren’t on the movie screen that will be on the DVD release?
DT: Oh absolutely, absolutely…the hardest part is deciding what’s going to make it. I mean there’s like 15 minutes on the website, I have to bring that stuff down soon, but there is so much more we’re cutting, but those were the pieces that kept coming out the last few years.
EH: What about an idea of The Wrecking Crew part 2?
DT: (laughs) No, that’s it buddy! No more.
EH: When and where can we purchase this DVD when it comes out?
DT: The DVD will be coming out June 16th and hopefully people will go on my website and I can give people an extra bumpersticker or something for it. I want to steer people to my website so that I know someday I will make some money somewhere, but June 16th is the day and what I will do, is get them out to the Kickstarter program folks first, so that they will get theirs first and we will go from there.
EH: The other day I put it out there on Facebook that I was going to be interviewing you soon because your name came out on some blog or something, and some guy asked me is this the same movie that is out there on bootleg on the internet?
DT: There probably is and they got to get rid of it..is it still there?
EH: I don’t know, I haven’t even checked it out. I told him I knew nothing about that and that I would ask you about that.
DT: It’s such a drag, you know. This is what kills me. You know I have played by the rules. I could have released this and made hundreds of thousands of dollars really quickly but I played by the rules and paid everyone, everything, everything, everything… and still haven’t broken the rules, and then you get someone that goes, “I couldn’t wait I, had to download it.”
Really?? Oh thanks a lot! It’s okay for you to cheat and put it up there, it’s sooo bad. It’s horrible, like musicians. It’s like guys, don’t you realize what you’re doing? They do it to themselves. It kills me because it’s like extraordinarily offensive. It’s one thing to do, hey, check this out, I got a screening of this, ok, whatever, we all share, share it with the other guy, then we start making dubs, but the worst is to put it out on the internet, that’s just outright wrong. That’s just disgusting. I’ll have to look at it. It is a different film and if you get off on that then go ahead.
EH: Yeah, I didn’t even look it up…
DT: No, no, no. Someone told me about that last year. I don’t know if it’s the same one, but it just kills you. But if Magnolia ever caught wind of that or if they though it was a big problem, that would have killed everything I’ve done for the last 18 years. Can you imagine 18 years of never having a chance to make my money back? The idea of not having that is just killer.
EH: It sickened me when I read that, like what kind of a**h**e would do that? And I have nothing vested in this movie!
DT: It’s funny, but any fans that are following it, know the struggles. We are all vested in this with the Kickstarter program. To have someone do this, it’s a kick in all these peoples faces…
Here’s another example, the worst, we are at the NAMM show and a guy comes up to us, a couple of years ago, a Musicians Institute teacher, a guy about 40, says he loved the movie blah, blah, blah. This was a couple years ago. I said, “Where did you see it? What screening?” He said, “He couldn’t wait, he downloaded it.”
Now I’m thinking, my father, I don’t know if you know MI? Musicians Institute, back in 1978, when there were 38 people, my father was one of those guys that was there in the beginning. In 1985, the school was going under and the guy that owned the school, Pat Hicks, couldn’t make payroll. He couldn’t get a loan from the bank, couldn’t get a loan from anybody, he went to my father and told him.
He asked, “What do you need?” He said, “$60,000.” My father thought about it, he said all right, and gave it to him. That school today is blocks on Hollywood Boulevard, but the owner finally sold it years later. So the guy that had the job as a teacher that couldn’t wait and downloaded it, has a job because of my father that gave a loan to the school many years ago.
It’s like it comes around, like oh my God. I told the guy, “Hey, make a donation,” but the thing is, he should have been smarter and not have said that to me. I mean that’s pure stupidity. Certain things you have to rack it up as it’s part of publicity, people are going to spread the word, hey, that’s great. Really I’m into that, but once it gets on the internet people just assume everything is free because it’s up there. I really should check it. I mean, it really hurts everybody that’s involved with the project, musicians etc…
EH: Yeah, I can imagine how pissed that would make you. It pisses me off and I didn’t even spend 18 years of my life and months on the road away from home… so folks, don’t be downloading, give back to the filmmaking community and the musicians involved, time to give back to them.
Well, Denny, I just wanted to check back in with you, like Part 2, just before it gets released widely. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the time that you have given me in the last few years and the joy that you and your father gave all of us. It is really an honor to talk to you. I truly appreciate this.
DT: Well thank you so very much.
EH: Blessings to you and your family. The experience has really enriched my life. Take care.
DT: Thank you and your readers for me.