11:17 am Aug. 16, 2012
David Chase, beloved creator of "The Sopranos," will be feted here in New York for his debut feature-film release, Not Fade Away.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced last night that the film would make its world premiere as the "centerpiece" of this year's New York Film Festival, which starts in September.
The film, a coming-of-age tale set in New Jersey in 1964, follows three Italian-American friends who form a rock band and aim for Springsteenesque glory. Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band produced the soundtrack, and in addition to James Gandolfini (another Jersey native), the film stars Jack Huston, Brad Garrett, Bella Heathcoate, Lisa Lampanelli and Christopher McDonald.
“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,” Chase said in a statement.
Not Fade Away is one of several highly anticipated world premieres at this year’s festival. Others include Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, adapted from the pro-zoo adventure novel by Yann Martel, and Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, a thriller starring Denzel Washington, which was chosen as the closing-night selection.
Not Fade Away will be screened on October 6. As Page Six reported last September, Huston, Magaro and Brill—who make up the film’s fictional band, The Twylight Zones—continued to rock after filming wrapped.
“We still jam at Little Steven’s studio every week,” Huston told the Post. Rumors of a surprise gig at the premiere have so far gone unconfirmed.
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