ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University and the DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival are launching this year’s monthly documentary screenings of high-quality documentaries with the film, “The Wrecking Crew.” The screening takes place Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Electric Theater.
The film chronicles the careers of the studio musicians behind some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and ’70s. From Sinatra to Sonny and Cher, hits like “Be My Baby” to “California Girls,” “Strangers in the Night” to “Mrs. Robinson,” “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin'” to “Up, Up and Away” — the group played them all.
Six years in a row in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew-member recordings.
“The Wrecking Crew” was produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. Tommy Tedesco was diagnosed with terminal cancer and Denny Tedesco wanted to get as much on film or on tape as possible before his father passed.
What transpired over the next few years surprised even Denny Tedesco, who will attend the screening and hold a filmmaker chat with the audience.
“This remarkable film is so much more than a documentary about music. It encompasses a story of family values, of a nonstop work ethic and of commitment to both the band and their families staying strong through years of both success and failure,” Phil Tuckett, executive director of DocUtah and director of DSU Films, said. “We are pleased to begin the ‘DOCUTAH @ The Electric’ screenings with this film and at the historic Electric Theater, which hosted some of the most famous films of the early twentieth century.”
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Cox Auditorium box office, at the door or online. Space is limited.
- What: DOCUTAH monthly screening, “The Wrecking Crew”
- When: Friday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.
- Where: The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle St., St. George
- Price: $5; buy online