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CHARLOTTE, NC – Wilson Ventures LLC has entered into a producer partnership with Charlotte-based Studio South Holdings to produce a documentary about The Ventures, the best-selling instrumental band of all time. To fund the first-ever film, an IndieGoGo account - www.igg.me/at/theventuresmovie - launched this week.
The standard-length documentary will chronicle the “band that launched a thousand bands” that was formed in 1958 by guitarists Don Wilson and Bob Bogle in Tacoma, Washington. With band members Mel Taylor and Nokie Edwards, the band released Walk Don't Run in 1960, the first of over two hundred albums. Staci Layne Wilson, Don Wilson’s daughter, says the documentary’s world premiere will coincide with the band’s 60th anniversary next year. “I am so proud and excited to be making a documentary film about The Ventures with the best team ever: my dad, siblings Tim and Jill and Studio South.” According to Staci, drawing on the fan base will be critical to the film’s success. “We are out to make the most celebratory and comprehensive documentary we can and are calling on Ventures fans from all over the world to help us spread the word.”
It was the band’s unique sound, largely from experimentation with guitar effects, that not only earned them the moniker “The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands,” but influenced such music greats as Peter Frampton, Elton John, George Harrison, Stephen Stills, Gene Simmons, Keith Moon, Alan White, Joe Perry, Roger Glover, John Fogerty and Joe Walsh.
About the documentary, co-founder Don Wilson, says, "There is so much that people still don't know about The Ventures. From the time my partner Bob Bogle and I started with two pawn shop guitars in 1958 to having the No. 2 single in the country with Walk, Don't Run in 1960, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 to right now -- the story has ups and downs, disappointments, and wow! moments, that we want to share. You're going to love it."
Don’s son Tim, who will co-produce the film, says he "could not be more proud to be a part of this instrumental (no pun intended) story of The Ventures and to share the biography movie so the world can see the great depth of The Ventures' career in all its glory.” Mike Bogle, the son of the Bob Bogle, who died in 2009, says “The Ventures documentary is long overdue and I look forward to watching it.”
Their original tune, Surf Rider, was in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Singles that made the charts include Hawaii Five-O, The 2,000 Pound Bee, Wipe Out and Walk, Don’t Run.
In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Studio South Holdings CEO Bert Hesse, whose production credits include In the Footsteps of Elie Wiesel, Cold Storage and Night Feeders, says the goal is to allow The Ventures’ wide and deep fan base the opportunity to participate in the long overdue documentary. “We encourage fans and musicians who were influenced by their music to go to https://www.igg.me/at/theventuresmovie.”
Since Christmas is upon us; we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who have made Surf Guitar 101 and Surf Music Radio around the world such a huge success. Your input, interest and love of the music is truly inspirational. So many artists, DJ's and promoters have made great contributions musically and otherwise.
Additionally, countless groups and artists have recorded, performed and showcased outstanding original music, too many in fact to list individually, however, all enjoyed. Others include those who constantly promote surf music via concerts and events. We urge you to purchase the instrumentals, songs and albums you have enjoyed, in support of these outstanding artists.
During this past year as word of our reunion after more than 50 years apart and our new CD and documentary titled; "Full Circle" was announced; literally thousands of surf music fans have sent their best wishes and positive comments via the Internet and various websites from across our great country and around the world. Each of these messages has been read and appreciated.
We would also like to personally thank some of the surf music heroes and legends who have made surf music what it is and who have graciously appeared in our upcoming documentary or are yet to be interviewed. Just a few include Randy Nauert of The Challengers, Will Glover of The Pyramids, Paul Johnson of The Bel-Airs, Dave Myers of Dave Myers and the Surftones, members of The Ventures, The Beach Boys, Dean Torrence, Three Dog Night, Jan and Dean, Drummer Sandy Nelson, Lorenzo Valdambrini aka; Surfer Joe, Academy Award nominee and former rocker James Edward Olmos of Eddie James and the Pacific Ocean, Denny Tedesco, son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco and producer of The Wrecking Crew movie, James Darren; aka; Moondoggie of Gidget fame, Tommy Roe, Johnny Tillitson, Ron Dante of the Archies and Cufflinks, Denny Randell composer/arranger for the Four Seasons, surf music historian Bob Dalley, iconic producer Bones Howe, historians from The Surf Heritage Museum, numerous former and present day professional surfers, custom surfing related auto and woodie builders, historians and numerous others.
With luck and a prayer, the story may conclude principal filming the summer of 2017. There remains a number of scheduled interviews by other movers and shakers in the world of music and film, who will help to ultimately shape the story behind surf music and the music and generation of the 1960's. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, a great healthy and prosperous 2017. Sincerely, members of The New Dimensions band.
Production of The New Dimensions new CD and full-length documentary is well underway and scheduled for a mid 2017 release. Thus far, the producers have interviewed many music greats including but not limited to; The Beach Boys, Dean Torrence, Randy Nauert of The Challengers, Will Glover of The Pyramids, James Darren (Moondoggie),Tommy Roe, Johnny Tillitson, Ron Dante of The Archies, Four Seasons writer Denny Randell, Wrecking Crew producer Denny Tedesco and other music business movers and shakers. Upcoming interviews will include The Ventures, Bruce Brown, Sandy Nelson and Bones Howe. The producers would like to include members of The Chantays, The Surfaris and Dave Myers and The Surftones. If you have contact information on any of these surf music icons or others not listed here, please ask them to contact me via Facebook or at email@example.com, so that I can put the producers in touch with them.
Thanks so much. Surf's Up!
Art Guy of The New Dimensions.
Hello everyone! I have an update on the New Dimensions film project that we first found out about in this news story. I've been contacted by Patricia La Marr, one of the producers on the project. Patricia and her team are looking for fans who saw the band back in the 60's who would like to be interviewed for the film. It's best if you live in California, but if you don't, other arrangements can be made. Please contact Patricia using the information below:
Patricia has also given me a link to the film's trailer for us to checkout. The video is currently password protected; please use the password cowabunga to watch.
Finally I have included at the bottom of this story the film's treatment, which should give you a flavor of the film to come. I'm very excited about this project and hope to learn more about this incredible surf band. Please contact Patricia if you have anything to contribute to this very cool project!
Hi all, The Gold Dust Lounge from Miami just finished a short documentary paralleling their album release. They're a great mixture of surf, spy and jazz and a ton of fun to watch and a great bunch of fellas, to boot. Check 'em out!
The new documentary "Reverb Junkies" screened for the very first time ever last month at the BBC Music Video Fest in Norfolk England. From the BBC:
This film is all about passion - a love of Surf Music. Made on the shores of California and sent direct to our Festival for a first ever showing. A music phenomenon that has travelled the world, but keeps true to its Californian 60s surf roots.
The San Francisco section of the Audio Engineering Society presents The Wrecking Crew Film. This is a one-day only opportunity to see this unreleased film, which includes interivews with Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra, Glen Campbell, and many other musicians behind the hits of the 60s and 70s.
Q&A with Producer/Director Denny Tedesco, son of Wrecking Crew guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, immediately follows each showing.
This film has not yet had a commercial release and is not available on DVD. These are the only showings scheduled in Northern California.
Because of the large collection of songs in the film, paying off the music licensing has held up the commercial release. As part of the fundraising campaign, proceeds from this showing will go to the International Documentary Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, for the Wrecking Crew film song licensing fees.
Advance tickets are:
$12 for AES members $15 for general public
$20 at the door, if available
Tickets available here.
Two show times: 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm
This is at the private Auctions By the Bay Theater, on the former naval base, with plenty of free parking, and just a few blocks from the Alameda ferry terminal. It was the old movie house, transformed into an art deco movie palace and only used for special events.
I was just turned onto this very cool site and wanted to introduce myself and my documentary. My name is Denny Tedesco and I am the director of the film, The Wrecking Crew. I'm new at this so forgive me if I mis-step in regards to blogging or sending out news. I noticed the documentary has been mentioned a few times and I wanted to let you know that we're not giving up an hopefully the film will be out this summer.
We are having screenings around the country in the next month or so. Vancouver on the April 15th, Phoenix on April 17th and then to Philadelphia on April 25th and April 28th and 29th. One of your readers from Philadephia turned me onto Surfguitar101.com so I'm hoping we'll get to meet many of the guitar players.
This is my labor of love. My father was guitarist, Tommy Tedesco. If I can figure out how to send a picture, I'd love to share the photos we took of his Telecaster that he worked with on the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Marketts, Routers, T-Bones and so many more recordings.
Please take a look at the out takes on www.wreckingcrewfilm.com
Best to all of you who play and love the music.