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In the 1960's, a group of Beverly Hills eighth graders helped define the Southern California surf sound. The New Dimensions are the most influential surf band you've never heard of. Their four instrumental LPs provided the backbeat to surf music. The New Dimensions were the unsung heroes of surf music, well known among musicians but almost forgotten to history. The film not only highlights music greats such as Jimmy Greenspoon, a founding member of Three Dog Night and acclaimed music producer and composer, Michael Lloyd but also brings to light the meaning of true friendship, overcoming challenges, hope and second chances. After the death of keyboardist, Jimmy Greenspoon in 2015, the remaining members of The New Dimensions are reuniting to create a new CD. The Northern California Filmmakers Coalition was invited to document this event, which will culminate in a live concert performance. With unprecedented access to the biggest names in 1960s surf music, the documentary film "FULL CIRCLE" is nearing completion.
As an independently funded project, FULL CIRCLE has been a labor of love. But we firmly believe that this film has wide commercial potential. Surf culture is stronger than ever, as you most certainly know. For most people, the music and the story of The New Dimensions is unknown.
Some of the people appearing in this film include:
The Beach Boys
Edward J. Olmos
John Stamos (actor/"Full House)
Dean Torrance (Jan& Dean)
Kathy Kohner (the original Gidget)
Chuck Negron(Three Dog Night)
Bob Berryhill (of The Surfaris)
Martin Hall (under contract to Dick Clark)
Denny Tedesco (producer of the film:Wrecking Crew)
Will Glover (The Pyramids)
Bob Spickard (The Chanteys)
The film is slated to be released in June of 2018. Plans for distribution include both foreign and domestic markets including film festivals and television exhibition on Netflix, PBS, The Surf Channel, National Geographic Channel and more.
FULL CIRCLE is about more than nostalgia. It tells the full story of 1960s surf rock in the voices of the people who were there. We hope that you will join us and become part of this remarkable journey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
I'm sad to report that Jimmy Greenspoon, internationally renowned keyboard player, founding member of the New Dimensions band and iconic rockers 3 Dog Night, has passed away following a short, but intense battle with brain cancer.
Last summer, five of the six original members of The New Dimensions reunited after more than 50 years to create a new CD, celebrating the original roots of our music. Jimmy had been flying in to L.A. and Michael Lloyd's studio in Beverly Hills, CA, between touring and performances with 3 Dog, to record with the band. In addition, the band was signed to an agreement for a full length documentary, following the history of the New Dimensions from its inception to present day.
Jimmy was passionate about surfing music, even after all these years. If there is anything positive to report; it is that we were able to complete about 6 tracks of new, original material with Jimmy, prior to diagnosis of his illness. Fortunately, both Michael and Jimmy studied under the same piano teachers early on and with the extensive array of music they completed together both in the studio with Michael as producer and touring with major acts, Michael has agreed to assume the role of keyboard player in addition to his creative expertise and musicianship on bass and lead guitar. The remaing band members including yours truly on drums, Craig Nuttycombe on rhythm guitar and Danny Belsky on sax and flute will carry on to complete the new recording. Initial filming for the documentary is scheduled to commence in April. Following that, we will once again enter the studio to work on the album.
Thanks to everyone for your positive messages, personal wishes for Jimmy's well being and in his passing, your comments, thoughts and prayers for Jimmy and his family. This kind, compassionate and incredibly talented musician, composer and author will be sadly missed by us all.
Drummer, The New Dimensions Band