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This site will cover the worlds of film, video and the visual arts in the state of Connecticut, beginning with coverage of the Connecticut Film Festival from May 4 to 10, 2010. One of the most important places in the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the state of Connecticut is fast emerging as a go-to destination for innovation in new technologies and the visual arts.


Wow, What A Musical Lineup

THE WRECKING CREW, the music documentary that opened the Connecticut Film Festival at the historic Palace Theater in Danbury last evening, was a musical wow. Telling the story of the studio session musicians who backed up some of the recording industry's biggest stars, the film was an eye-opening look at an era when popular musical acts did not necessarily play musical instruments, and these professional back up musicians were not acknowledged.

The documentary, a 12 year labor of love by Denny Tedesco, whose father Tommy Tedesco was a much in-demand guitarist, featured clips and musical numbers that were among the most iconic of the 1960s. The scope of the project and the musical sequences contained in it have been a kind of Catch 22 for the director. "How do you not include the hundreds of recordings that are relevant to the story", Tedesco said at a post-screening question and  answer session. "But clearing the rights is another would cost nearly $400,000 to do that which is alot for a documentary. That has held back distributor interest in the film, although I am hoping for an executive producer angel who will come forward."

No question, the film's soundtrack would be a major hit. To get a sampler, visit the film's website: Herewith, the film's playlist:

  • AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (The Fifth Dimension)
  • BE MY BABY (The Ronettes)
  • THE BEAT GOES ON (Sonny and Cher)
  • BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER (Simon And Garfunkel)
  • CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (The Mamas And The Papas)
  • CLOSE TO YOU (The Carpenters)
  • EVERYBODY LOVES A CLOWN (Gary Lewis And The Playboys)
  • EVERYBODY'S TALKING (Harry Nilsson)
  • GOOD VIBRATIONS (The Beach Boys)
  • HELP ME RHONDA (The Beach Boys)
  • I GOT YOU BABE (Sonny And Cher)
  • LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER (The Captain And Tenille)
  • MONDAY, MONDAY (The Mamas and The Papas)
  • MR. TAMBOURINE MAN (The Byrds)
  • MRS. ROBINSON (Simon and Garfunkel)
  • ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER (The Fifth Dimension)
  • SOMETHING STUPID (Frank and Nancy Sinatra)
  • SONG SUNG BLUE (Neil Diamond)
  • STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (Frank Sinatra)
  • SURF CITY (Jan and Dean)
  • TASTE OF HONEY (Herb Alpert)
  • THE CHIPMUNK SONG (The Chipmunks)
  • THEN HE KISSED ME (The Crystals)
  • UP UP AND AWAY (The Fifth Dimension)
  • WINDY (The Association)
  • YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' (The Righteous Brothers)

Sandy Mandelberger, Film Connecticut Editor


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