The creator and producer of the multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning critically acclaimed series The Sopranos, David Chase, made his directing debut with the feature, Not Fade Away with a World Premiere on October 6, 2012 as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF). At the time, Chase said, “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.”
Photo by Liz Lopez when director David Chase was in attendance at the Austin Film Festival in October 2012
Subsequently, The Austin Film Festival was kicked off on October 18th with a red carpet screening of the period-based music movie. Not Fade Away is the hit song by Buddy Holly from 1957, later covered in 1964 by The Rolling Stones. As Chase stood on the stage of the historic theater in Austin prior to the film’s start, he stated he was made aware by others present that October 18th is Buddy Holly’s birthday. He was quite visibly moved and said having his film in the historic theater on this date was just something he did not have words for.
Now, after the film’s roll-out on December 21st, Paramount Vantage will release the director’s music-driven story in Austin theaters on January 4th. I am sure both film and music fans will enjoy this film based on the original script Chase wrote, even if the fans are not baby boomer age, as there is such great music throughout. I totally enjoyed it on opening night of the Austin Film Festival and had me in great spirits for the rest of the festival. The good and the bad memories of the past era for me and many others are captured in Chase’s script, yet even if some of the memories may have been sad, the music kept my head bopping throughout the 112 minute drama.
I love many types of music and may lean heavy towards this music driven film, but I know I am not the only one who walked out with a smile on my face after the screening. There is a great set of music and acting performances from all the cast and although it is rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content, this story does not shy away from what was happening during the era. [Distributed by Paramount Vantage]