The famed creator and director of The Sopranos, David Chase, has made his debut as a feature film director (and writer) with the ode to rock ‘n’ roll, Not Fade Away. Douglas (John Magaro) catches a lucky break when Gene Gaunt (Jack Huston) invites him to join their cover band in 1960’s New Jersey. Though his father (James Gandolfini) doesn’t understand his son’s devotion to music, Douglas immerses himself in the band and in high school dream-girl turned muse Grace Deitz (Bella Heathcote). The film is an homage to rock’n’roll, to music, and to the universal experience of realizing you may not be the next Rolling Stones after all. For more on the film, here’s 20 images and the trailer.
At the NYC press day for Not Fade Away, I spoke to Chase and Executive Producer Steve Van Zandt (an original member of Springsteen’s E-Street Band) about how this story came to be, their musical inspirations, deleted scenes and upcoming projects, including Chase’s in-progress work for HBO. Hit the jump to watch. Not Fade Away opens in limited release this weekend.
David Chase and Steven Van Zandt:
- Why this subject matter for his first feature
- Musical inspirations
- Deleted scenes talk
- Upcoming projects talk. Chase talks about how he is writing something for HBO that takes place in the early days of silent movies