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'Sopranos' creator David Chase takes first film to N.Y. festival

August 15, 2012|By Julie Makinen
  • David Chase, right, attends a "Sopranos" party with actor James Gandolfini, center, and then-HBO chief executive Chris Albrecht. Chase's film will feature Gandolfini.
David Chase, right, attends a "Sopranos" party with actor James… (Evan Agostini / Getty Images…)

David Chase, creator of HBO's "The Sopranos," will launch his first feature film, "Not Fade Away," at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 6, organizers have announced.

The coming-of-age movie, set in 1964, centers on a group of friends in New Jersey who are inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter (played by John Magaro). 

The film features Mr. Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini, and a soundtrack by Steven Van Zandt, aka "Sopranos" strip club owner Silvio Dante. Other cast members include Brad Garrett, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote and Christopher McDonald.

In making the announcement, Film Socity of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo called the film "fun" and Chase said the movie "is a personal film with a backdrop very important to me, a period in American music that was one of the best."

"Not Fade Away" will be released by Paramount Vantage on Dec. 21.

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