“Not Fade Away,” the directorial debut of “The Sopranos” creator David Chase, has been selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival.
The coming-of-age movie is set in 1964 New Jersey where a group of friends are inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter (John Magaro). The film also stars Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald. Steven Van Zandt produced the soundtrack. Paramount Vantage releases the film December 21.
“It’s a privilege to welcome David Chase to the New York Film Festival with his feature film debut,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo. “Not 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.”
Said Chase, “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.”
“Not Fade Away” will make its world premiere at the NYFF on October 6.