While superstars like Elvis and the Righteous Brothers were taking all the credit, the unsung session musicians who played the actual music remained in the liner notes, rarely getting the notice they deserved. Now a group of West Coast musicians dubbed the Wrecking Crew get their turn in the spotlight in Denny Tedesco’s documentary focusing on the players behind the hits, including the filmmaker’s late father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco. Rarely screened since its premiere in 2008, The Wrecking Crew returns to the big screen with additional interviews for a special one-time showing presented by Tedesco on Sunday, April 27, at the Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $12—$15. 415.454.1222.
As universally known as Dracula and as terrifying as Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been the source of inspiration for a century of adaptations in film, television, theater and comic books. Now the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum presents the 1912 short silent film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the first known adaptation of the novella and one of the first horror movies in cinema history. Allison Fox will be on hand for a discussion of Stevenson’s influence, which includes a look at the Bugs Bunny take on the classic tale. April 16-17. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena. 7pm. Free. 707.963.3757.
There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going. There's no knowing where we're rowing, or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing! For the rowers keep on rowing! And they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGHHHH! The original Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , starring Gene Wilder, screens April 6, at Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 3pm.
Celebrating this year's International Women’s Day, local radio wild cards KWTF are screening the 2013 documentary film The Punk Singer. The film, directed by Sini Anderson, follows the rise and career of outspoken innovator Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and the dance-rock outfit Le Tigre. As a leading voice in a newly empowered feminist movement in punk music, Hanna became the face of the “riot grrrl” movement. The Punk Singer premiered at the South by Southwest music festival and garnered wide ranging acclaim for its frank and challenging look at Hanna’s lightning rod of a life. The Punk Singer screens Friday, March 7, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10.
On the morning of May 4, 1961, a small gathering of civil rights activists boarded a bus in Washington, D.C., bound for New Orleans in the first Freedom Ride. That year hundreds of activists joined in, traveling to the Deep South in mixed-race groups to challenge local laws that enforced unconstitutional segregation in seating. These were the first steps in what became the American Civil Rights movement. As part of the Black History Month Film Festival at the Arlene Francis Center, the award-winning 2010 documentary Freedom Riders is screened as a benefit for the Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $5. 707.528.3009