NEW YORK --What better place for David Chase to show the world premiere of his first feature film than the New York Film Festival?It was recently announced that Not Fade Away will be showcased as the festival's centerpiece film on Saturday, Oct. 6. The film marks the debut effort of feature filmmaking for Chase, the writer-director who gained international acclaim for his creation of the HBO series "The Sopranos".
Before the show ended in 2007, it had picked up five Emmy Awards -- and was nominatead for 10 more. In addition, Chase picked up two other Emmy Awards for his work on series such as "Northern Exposure" and "The Rockford Files."
Like "The Sopranos", Not Fade Away, which will open at theaters nationally on Oct. 19, takes place in New Jersey -- and stars James Gandolfini, known mostly for the Three Emmys and Golden Globe he won for the role of Tony Soprano. The film is set in the 1960s and centers around a group of kids with dreams ofs tarting their own rock band. Gandolfini plays the role of the disapproving father of the band's front man, who is played by promising newcomber John Magaro.
"Not Fade Away is a personal film with a backdrop very important to me, a period in American music that was one of the best. To have the film debut at the NYFF exceeds my wildest dreams and the dreams of everyone associated with the movie. So many of my favorite films have been revealed to the public at the NYFF. I'm honored and thrilled," said Chase in a statement.
Speaking of the film, Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo said in a statement: "It's a privilege to welcome David Chase to the New York Film Festival with his feature film debut. Never Fade Away's fun, music-infused world created by Chase offers an endearing and complex portrait of a young man's coming-of-age in the 60s and features terrific work by an ensemble cast of exciting new talent."
The film's soundtrack is sure to be as hit as well -- especially in The Garden State -- after being produced by Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
There will be a priority period for film society patrons and members before NYFF tickets go on sale to the general Public on Sunday, Sept. 9. Those interested can join the film society now to take advantage of the NYFF Member Priority Period. More information on festival ticketing can be found on the "Tickets" page.