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“The Wrecking Crew” hits Salem College, and RiverRun revs up

by Mark Burger

The Revolve Film and Music Festival has joined forces with the Salem College School of Music to present Danny Tedesco’s awardwinning documentary The Wrecking Crew, which will be screened 7 p.m. Saturday in the Drama Workshop, located in the Salem Fine Arts Center on the Salem College campus (601 S. Church St.,Winston-Salem).

The son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco, the filmmaker delves into his father’s history and the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Tedesco was among those professional session musicians frequently hired to back up top artists on albums. In addition to rare interviews with his father’s colleagues, he also elicits testimonials from such music luminaries as Cher, Dick Clark, Herb Alpert, Brian Wilson, Glen Campbell, Roger McGuinn and many others whose studio work was enhanced by the participation of the Wrecking Crew, whose string of hits stretched from the early years of rock in the 1950s all the way to the late 1970s. “Any fan of ’60s music is sure to enjoy this behind-the-scenes story of the closely-knit musicians responsible for many of the chart-topping hits of this era,” said Ginger Hendricks, the director of the Center for Women Writers and Coordinator of Cultural Events at Salem College. Tickets are $8 (advance) and $10 (at the door). Salem College students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid ID. Following the screening, there will be a reception at Meridian Restaurant (411 S. Marshall St.). Filmgoers will receive badges for drink specials at the door. On Saturday, March 7, there will also be a special encore screening of writer/ director Erik Nelson’s Dreams With Sharp Teeth, a documentary feature exploring the life and career of noted author and screenwriter Harlan Ellison. Oscar winner Robin Williams narrates. The screening will be held in Carswell Hall, located on the campus of Wake Forest University (1834 Wake Forest Road, W-S). Admission is $5. For advance tickets or more information, call 336.722.8238 or see www.revolvefestival.com.

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With less than two months to go, the RiverRun International Film Festival is prepping what will be its biggest festival to date — running a full seven days (April 22-29) and including 100 films, encompassing features and shorts. “The efforts that [executive director] Andrew Rodgers has put into getting movies from Sundance and other festivals will pay off,” believes Dale Pollock, a member of the RiverRun board and one of the primary forces in engineering the festival’s move to Winston-Salem six years ago. “What we’ve done with RiverRun shows the benefits of continuity at the top,” observes Pollock. Rodgers has already announced three of the major films that will be showing at this year’s event, all three of which have direct ties to the Piedmont Triad region. Filmed in and around Winston-Salem, Goodbye Solo won the FIPRESCI award at last year’s Venice Film Festival and then made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, Goodbye Solo bids hello to its home town — and that of its award-winning director/screenwriter Ramin Bahrani, a native of Winston-Salem. Matt Barr’s feature documentary With These Hands (subtitled The Story of an American Furniture Factory) tells the story of the closing of the Hooker Furniture factory in Martinsville, Va. which closed its doors for the last time in March 2007. Barr, also a faculty member at UNCG, also saw his film Wild Caught: The Life and Struggles of an American Fishing Town, screened at RiverRun in 2007. Finally, Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb and Dorothy tells the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel. Herb is a postal clerk and Dorothy a librarian, but even with their modest means they have managed to amass one of the most impressive and important art collections in the nation — and perhaps even the entire world. In conjunction with the screening, several items from the Vogel collection will be on exhibition at the Weatherspoon Arts Museum at UNC- Greensboro. Rodgers estimates that the festival received over 900 submissions from around the world, so there should be something for everyone at this year’s event. The full slate of films to be shown at this year’s festival will be announced March 25. The festival is already offering advance all-access passes for $300. Only 50 will be sold, and once they’re gone they’re gone. If any remain when the festival opens, they will be available for $350. For more information, see www.riverrunfilm.com.

To comment on this story, e-mail Mark Burger at marksburger@yahoo.com.

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