David Chase, the man behind the "Sopranos," has reason to celebrate this evening. Chase's first feature film, "Not Fade Away," has been selected as the 2012 New York Film Festival's Centerpiece Gala movie.
It's an illustrious honor that sets the director's project for an October 6 screening in the Big Apple. "It's a privilege to welcome David Chase to the New York Film Festival with his feature film debut," Rose Kuo, the executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said in a statement. '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."
The movie is set in New Jersey in 1964 and tracks the formation of a band by a group of friends. Steve Van Zandt produced the soundtrack, and Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Will Brill, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald join star newcomer John Magaro on screen.
"To have the film debut at the NYFF exceeds my wildest dreams and the dreams of everyone associated with the movie," Chase said in a statement furnished by Paramount. "So many of my favorite films have been revealed to the public at the NYFF. I'm honored and thrilled."
This year's NYFF is shaping up to be quite the festival, with Ang Lee's widely anticipated "Life of Pie" set to open. The Denzel Washington film "Flight" will close the fortnight.